Convalidating a catholic marriage
The spouses themselves must be the first to realize that only in the loyal quest for the truth can they find their true good, without excluding a priori the possible convalidation of a union that, although it is not yet a sacramental marriage, contains elements of good, for themselves and their children, that should be carefully evaluated in conscience before reaching a different decision (January 28, 2002, Address to the Prelate Auditors, Officials and Advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota).
In saying this, the Holy Father is not impugning the process that faithfully renders authentic declarations of nullity—he’s just placing that process in the appropriate pastoral context that is , in the Church and in the world.
Marriage Convalidation in the Catholic Church A detailed article on the steps involved in convalidating a marriage, as well as how to plan a convalidation ceremony, by Kay Flowers (co-author of ) Statement on the Implementation of the Apostolic Letter on Mixed Marriages Statement of the U. This article takes a positive approach to mixed marriages, offering some background as well as eight pointers for helping them succeed.
Theology of marriage and the problems of mixed marriages The final report of the Roman Catholic-Lutheran-Reformed study commission, 1971-1977, on the topic of mixed marriages, from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.” It might be a sobering thought for many if they understood that, just like Jesus tells us regarding Moses and divorce, the whole existence of the annulment process is a consequence of the same “hardness of heart” that compelled Moses to permit divorce.
It is human weakness that allows a man or a woman to to enter a valid marriage while not really doing so.
must be presented and effected in an ecclesial context that is totally favorable to the indissolubility of marriage and to family founded upon it.It is a very important and necessary contribution: indeed, it has an immediate practical application, since it gives certainty not only to the individual persons involved, but also to all marriages and families (January 28, 2002, Address to the Prelate Auditors, Officials and Advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota). We see in the Holy Father’s words real evidence that the Church desires that couples truly do possible to honor their original first attempt at marital union (remarriages raise other significant questions) even when their attempted marital consent is known to be null.Even if it means convalidating an invalid marriage.Church law forbids two separate ceremonies (Canon 1127) in order to avoid confusion.By definition, once you're married, you're really, truly united in marriage once and for all.