What ability is required to consummate the marital relationship?


Am I correct in understanding that in order to be able to have a Sacramental Marriage the couple must have the ability to consummate their relationship?

If the above is correct, then am I correct in assuming that a soldier, seriously injured in war, who is impotent, then, would not be allowed to marry the man or woman she or he loves? Thanks.


Dear friend,

What is required is that the couple must be able to perform the act of intercourse—even though the man may be impotent or the woman may be sterile. But to consummate the marriage, they must be able to engage in the act.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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