Question by  sindhurajesh (4)

What is the criteria in the Catholic religion to have a valid marriage?

I was told by a relative that according to the church my marriage is not valid, I do not understand how they can say that.


Answer by  Binome (1975)

Impediments (reasons a Catholic wedding couldn't be performed) include impotence, blood relationship (1st cousin), affinity (direct relationship by marriage, i. e. brother-in-law), religious vows, prior bond, either the bride or the groom not being baptized, or Crimen (planning to marry someone following the death of a current spouse while that spouse still lives). The Catholic church also only recognizes Catholic weddings.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Marriage conducted by a priest is recognized by the Church. Your marriage may not be recognized by the Church, but that doesn't mean it's not legal or valid.


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

1. Both spouses have to be free to marry. 2. Both parties must consent. 3. You both know that you are marrying for life and having kids. 4. Consent is in front of two witnesses and the proper authority of the church. If you are marrying a non-Catholic, you need permission from your pastor before you can get married.


Answer by  Anonymous

Do what the pope says.

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