CODE OF CANON LAW
BOOK IV. FUNCTION OF THE CHURCH
THE SACRAMENT OF
THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK (Cann. 998 - 1007)
Can. 998 The anointing of the sick, by which the Church
commends the faithful who are dangerously ill to the suVering and glorified Lord
in order that he relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil
and pronouncing the words prescribed in the liturgical books.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT
Can. 999 In addition to a bishop, the following can bless
the oil to be used in the anointing of the sick:
1/ those equivalent to a diocesan bishop by law;
2/ any presbyter in a case of necessity, but only in the
actual celebration of the sacrament.
Can. 1000 §1. The anointings with the words, order, and
manner prescribed in the liturgical books are to be performed carefully. In a
case of necessity, however, a single anointing on the forehead or even on some
other part of the body is sufficient, while the entire formula is said.
§2. The minister is to perform the anointings with his own
hand, unless a grave reason warrants the use of an instrument.
Can. 1001 Pastors of souls and those close to the sick are
to take care that the sick are consoled by this sacrament at the appropriate
Can. 1002 The communal celebration of the anointing of the
sick for many of the sick at once, who have been suitably prepared and are
properly disposed, can be performed according to the prescripts of the diocesan
THE MINISTER OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Can. 1003 §1. Every priest and a priest alone validly
administers the anointing of the sick.
§2. All priests to whom the care of souls has been
entrusted have the duty and right of administering the anointing of the sick for
the faithful entrusted to their pastoral office. For a reasonable cause, any
other priest can administer this sacrament with at least the presumed consent of
the priest mentioned above.
§3. Any priest is permitted to carry blessed oil with him
so that he is able to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick in a
case of necessity.
THOSE ON WHOM THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK IS TO BE CONFERRED
Can. 1004 §1. The anointing of the sick can be
administered to a member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason,
begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.
§2. This sacrament can be repeated if the sick person,
having recovered, again becomes gravely ill or if the condition becomes more
grave during the same illness.
Can. 1005 This sacrament is to be administered in a case
of doubt whether the sick person has attained the use of reason, is dangerously
ill, or is dead.
Can. 1006 This sacrament is to be conferred on the sick
who at least implicitly requested it when they were in control of their
Can. 1007 The anointing of the sick is not to be conferred
upon those who persevere obstinately in manifest grave sin.
ORDERS (Cann. 1008
Can. 1008n By divine institution, some of the Christian faithful are marked with an
indelible character and constituted as sacred ministers by the sacrament of holy
orders. They are thus consecrated and deputed so that, each according to his own
grade, they may serve the People of God by a new and specific title.
Can. 1009 §1. The orders are the episcopate, the
presbyterate, and the diaconate.
§2. They are conferred by the imposition of hands and the
consecratory prayer which the liturgical books prescribe for the individual
§3.n Those who are constituted in the order of the episcopate or the presbyterate
receive the mission and capacity to act in the person of Christ the Head,
whereas deacons are empowered to serve the People of God in the ministries of
the liturgy, the word and charity
THE CELEBRATION AND MINISTER OF ORDINATION
Can. 1010 Ordination is to be celebrated within the
solemnities of the Mass on a Sunday or holy day of obligation.
For pastoral reasons it can take place also on other days,
Can. 1011 §1. Ordination generally is to be celebrated in
the cathedral church; for pastoral reasons, however, it can be celebrated in
another church or oratory.
§2. Clerics and other members of the Christian faithful
must be invited to the ordination so that as large an assembly as possible is
present at the celebration.
Can. 1012 The minister of sacred ordination is a
Can. 1013 No bishop is permitted to consecrate anyone a
bishop unless it is first evident that there is a pontifical mandate.
Can. 1014 Unless the Apostolic See has granted a
dispensation, the principal bishop consecrator in an episcopal consecration is
to be joined by at least two consecrating bishops; it is especially appropriate,
however, that all the bishops present consecrate the elect together with the
Can. 1015 §1. Each person is to be ordained to the
presbyterate or the diaconate by his proper bishop or with legitimate
dimissorial letters from him.
§2. If not impeded by a just cause, the proper bishop is to
ordain his own subjects personally; without an apostolic indult, however, he
cannot ordain licitly a subject of an Eastern rite.
§3. The person who can give dimissorial letters to receive
orders can himself also confer the same orders personally if he possesses the
Can. 1016 As regards the diaconal ordination of those who
intend to be enrolled in the secular clergy, the proper bishop is the bishop of
the diocese in which the candidate has a domicile or the bishop of the diocese
to which the candidate is determined to devote himself. As regards the
presbyteral ordination of secular clerics, it is the bishop of the diocese in
which the candidate was incardinated through the diaconate.
Can. 1017 A bishop cannot confer orders outside his own
jurisdiction without the permission of the diocesan bishop.
Can. 1018 §1. The following can give dimissorial letters
for secular clergy:
1/ the proper bishop mentioned in can.
2/ an apostolic administrator and, with the consent of the
college of consultors, a diocesan administrator; with the consent of the council
mentioned in can.
495, §2, an apostolic pro-vicar and an apostolic pro-prefect.
§2. A diocesan administrator, apostolic pro-vicar, and
apostolic pro-prefect are not to grant dimissorial letters to those who have
been denied admission to orders by the diocesan bishop, the apostolic vicar, or
the apostolic prefect.
Can. 1019 §1. The major superior of a clerical religious
institute of pontifical right or of a clerical society of apostolic life of
pontifical right is competent to grant dimissorial letters for the diaconate and
the presbyterate to their subjects who are enrolled perpetually or defin-itively
in the institute or society according to their constitutions.
§2. The law for secular clerics governs the ordination of
all other candidates of any institute or society; any other indult granted to
superiors is revoked.
Can. 1020 Dimissorial letters are not to be granted unless
all the testimonials and documents required by law according to the norm of
cann. 1050 and 1051 have been obtained beforehand.
Can. 1021 Dimissorial letters can be sent to any bishop in
communion with the Apostolic See except to a bishop of a rite different from the
rite of the candidate unless there is an apostolic indult.
Can. 1022 After the ordaining bishop has received
legitimate dimissorial letters, he is not to proceed to the ordination unless it
is clearly evident that the letters are authentic.
Can. 1023 Dimissorial letters can be limited or revoked by
the one who granted them or by his successor, but once granted they do not lapse
when the authority of the one who granted them ceases.
THOSE TO BE ORDAINED
Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination
Can. 1025 §1. To confer the presbyteral or diaconal orders
licitly, it is required that the candidate, having completed the period of
probation according to the norm of law, is endowed in the judgment of his own
bishop or of the competent major superior with the necessary qualities, is
prevented by no irregularity and no impediment, and has fulfilled the
prerequisites according to the norm of cann.
1033-1039. Moreover, the documents mentioned in can.
1050 are to be obtained and the investigation mentioned in can.
1051 is to be completed.
§2. Furthermore, it is required that he is considered in
the judgment of the same legitimate superior as useful for the ministry of the
§3. The bishop ordaining his own subject who is destined to
the service of another diocese must be sure that the one to be ordained is going
to be attached to this other diocese.
REQUIREMENTS IN THOSE TO BE ORDAINED
Can. 1026 A person must possess due freedom in order to be
ordained. It is absolutely forbidden to force anyone in any way or for any
reason to receive orders or to deter one who is canonically suitable from
Can. 1027 Those aspiring to the diaconate and presbyterate
are to be formed by careful preparation, according to the norm of law.
Can. 1028 The diocesan bishop or the competent superior is
to take care that before candidates are promoted to any order, they are
instructed properly about those things which belong to the order and its
Can. 1029 Only those are to be promoted to orders who, in
the prudent judgment of their own bishop or of the competent major superior, all
things considered, have integral faith, are moved by the right intention, have
the requisite knowledge, possess a good reputation, and are endowed with
integral morals and proven virtues and the other physical and psychic qualities
in keeping with the order to be received.
Can. 1030 Only for a canonical cause, even if occult, can
the proper bishop or competent major superior forbid admission to the
presbyterate to deacons subject to him who are destined to the presbyterate,
without prejudice to recourse according to the norm of law.
Can. 1031 §1. The presbyterate is not to be conferred
except on those who have completed the twenty-fifth year of age and possess
sufficient maturity; an interval of at least six months is to be observed
between the diaconate and the presbyterate. Those destined to the presbyterate
are to be admitted to the order of deacon only after completing the twenty-third
year of age.
§2. A candidate for the permanent diaconate who is not
married is not to be admitted to the diaconate until after completing at least
the twenty-fifth year of age; one who is married, not until after completing at
least the thirty-fifth year of age and with the consent of his wife.
§3. The conference of bishops is free to establish norms
which require an older age for the presbyterate and the permanent diaconate.
§4. A dispensation of more than a year from the age
required according to the norm of §§1 and 2 is reserved to the Apostolic See.
Can. 1032 §1. Those aspiring to the presbyterate can be
promoted to the diaconate only after they have completed the fifth year of the
curriculum of philosophical and theological studies.
§2. After a deacon has completed the curriculum of studies
and before he is promoted to the presbyterate, he is to take part in pastoral
care, exercising the diaconal order, for a suitable time defined by the bishop
or competent major superior.
§3. A person aspiring to the permanent diaconate is not to
be promoted to this order unless he has completed the time of formation.
THE PREREQUISITES FOR ORDINATION
Can. 1033 A person is promoted licitly to orders only if
he has received the sacrament of confirmation.
Can. 1034 §1. A person aspiring to the diaconate or
presbyterate is not to be ordained unless he has first been enrolled among the
candidates through the liturgical rite of admission by the authority mentioned
in cann. 1016 and 1019;
his petition is previously to have been written in his own hand, signed, and
accepted in writing by the same authority.
§2. A person who has been received into a clerical
institute through vows is not bound to obtain this admission.
Can. 1035 §1. Before anyone is promoted to the permanent
or transitional diaconate, he is required to have received the ministries of
lector and acolyte and to have exercised them for a suitable period of time.
§2. There is to be an interval of at least six months
between the conferral of the ministry of acolyte and the diaconate.
Can. 1036 In order to be promoted to the order of
diaconate or of presbyterate, the candidate is to present to his bishop or
competent major superior a declaration written in his own hand and signed in
which he attests that he will receive the sacred order of his own accord and
freely and will devote himself perpetually to the ecclesiastical ministry and at
the same time asks to be admitted to the order to be received.
Can. 1037 An unmarried candidate for the permanent
diaconate and a candidate for the presbyterate are not to be admitted to the
order of diaconate unless they have assumed the obligation of celibacy in the
prescribed rite publicly before God and the Church or have made perpetual vows
in a religious institute.
Can. 1038 A deacon who refuses to be promoted to the
presbyterate cannot be prohibited from the exercise of the order received unless
he is prevented by a canonical impediment or another grave cause to be evaluated
in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or competent major superior.
Can. 1039 All candidates for any order are to make a
spiritual retreat for at least five days in a place and manner determined by the
ordinary. Before the bishop proceeds to ordination, he must be certain that the
candidates properly made this retreat.
IRREGULARITIES AND OTHER IMPEDIMENTS
Can. 1040 Those aVected by any impediment, whether
perpetual, which is called an irregularity, or simple, are prevented from
receiving orders. The only impediments incurred, however, are those contained in
the following canons.
Can. 1041 The following are irregular for receiving
1/ a person who labors under some form of amentia or other
psychic illness due to which, after experts have been consulted, he is judged
unqualified to fulfill the ministry properly;
2/ a person who has committed the delict of apostasy,
heresy, or schism;
3/ a person who has attempted marriage, even only civilly,
while either impeded personally from entering marriage by a matrimonial bond,
sacred orders, or a public perpetual vow of chastity, or with a woman bound by a
valid marriage or restricted by the same type of vow;
4/ a person who has committed voluntary homicide or
procured a completed abortion and all those who positively cooperated in either;
5/ a person who has mutilated himself or another gravely
and maliciously or who has attempted suicide;
6/ a person who has placed an act of orders reserved to
those in the order of episcopate or presbyterate while either lacking that order
or prohibited from its exercise by some declared or imposed canonical penalty.
Can. 1042 The following are simply impeded from receiving
1/ a man who has a wife, unless he is legitimately destined
to the permanent diaconate;
2/ a person who exercises an office or administration
forbidden to clerics according to the norm of cann. 285 and 286 for which he must render an account, until he becomes free by having
relinquished the office or administration and rendered the account;
3/ a neophyte unless he has been proven sufficiently in the
judgment of the ordinary.
Can. 1043 If the Christian faithful are aware of
impediments to sacred orders, they are obliged to reveal them to the ordinary or
pastor before the ordination.
Can. 1044 §1. The following are irregular for the exercise
of orders received:
1/ a person who has received orders illegitimately while
aVected by an irregularity to receive them;
2/ a person who has committed a delict mentioned in can.
1041, n. 2, if the delict is public;
3/ a person who has committed a delict mentioned in can.
1041, nn. 3, 4, 5, 6.
§2. The following are impeded from the exercise of orders:
1/ a person who has received orders illegitimately while
prevented by an impediment from receiving them;
2/ a person who is aVected by amentia or some other psychic
illness mentioned in can.
1041, n. 1 until the ordinary, after consulting an expert, permits the exercise
of the order.
Can. 1045 Ignorance of the irregularities and impediments
does not exempt from them.
Can. 1046 Irregularities and impediments are multiplied if
they arise from different causes. They are not multiplied, however, if they
arise from the repetition of the same cause unless it is a question of the
irregularity for voluntary homicide or for having procured a completed abortion.
Can. 1047 §1. Dispensation from all irregularities is
reserved to the Apostolic See alone if the fact on which they are based has been
brought to the judicial forum.
§2. Dispensation from the following irregularities and
impediments to receive orders is also reserved to the Apostolic See:
1/ irregularities from the public delicts mentioned in can.
1041, nn. 2 and 3;
2/ the irregularity from the delict mentioned in can.
1041, n. 4, whether public or occult;
3/ the impediment mentioned in can.
1042, n. 1.
§3. Dispensation in public cases from the irregularities
from exercising an order received mentioned in can.
1041, n. 3, and even in occult cases from the irregularities mentioned in can.
1041, n. 4 is also reserved to the Apostolic See.
§4. An ordinary is able to dispense from irregularities and
impediments not reserved to the Holy See.
Can. 1048 In more urgent occult cases, if the ordinary or,
when it concerns the irregularities mentioned in can.
1041, nn. 3 and 4, the Penitentiary cannot be approached and if there is
imminent danger of grave harm or infamy, a person impeded by an irregularity
from exercising an order can exercise it, but without prejudice to the
obligation which remains of making recourse as soon as possible to the ordinary
or the Penitentiary, omitting the name and through a confessor.
Can. 1049 §1. Petitions to obtain a dispensation from
irregularities or impediments must indicate all the irregularities and
impediments. Nevertheless, a general dispensation is valid even for those
omitted in good faith, except for the irregularities mentioned in can.
1041, n. 4, and for others brought to the judicial forum, but not for those
omitted in bad faith.
§2. If it is a question of the irregularity from voluntary
homicide or a procured abortion, the number of the delicts also must be
mentioned for the validity of the dispensation.
§3. A general dispensation from irregularities and
impediments to receive orders is valid for all the orders.
THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND INVESTIGATION
Can. 1050 For a person to be promoted to sacred orders,
the following documents are required:
1/ a testimonial that studies have been properly completed
according to the norm of can.
2/ for those to be ordained to the presbyterate, a
testimonial that the diaconate was received;
3/ for candidates to the diaconate, a testimonial that
baptism, confirmation and the ministries mentioned in can.
1035 were received; likewise, a testimonial that the declaration mentioned in can.
1036 was made, and if the one to be ordained to the permanent diaconate is a
married candidate, testimonials that the marriage was celebrated and the wife
Can. 1051 The following prescripts regarding the
investigation about the qualities required in the one to be ordained are to be
1/ there is to be a testimonial of the rector of the
seminary or house of formation about the qualities required to receive the order,
that is, about the sound doctrine of the candidate, his genuine piety, good
morals, and aptitude to exercise the ministry, as well as, after a properly
executed inquiry, about his state of physical and psychic health;
2/ in order to conduct the investigation properly, the
diocesan bishop or major superior can employ other means which seem useful to
him according to the circumstances of time and place, such as testimonial
letters, public announcements, or other sources of information.
Can. 1052 §1. For a bishop conferring ordination by his
own right to proceed to the ordination, he must be sure that the documents
mentioned in can.
1050 are at hand and that, after the investigation has been conducted according
to the norm of law, positive arguments have proven the suitability of the
§2. For a bishop to proceed to the ordination of someone
who is not his subject, it is sufficient that the dimissorial letters mention
that the same documents are at hand, that the investigation has been performed
according to the norm of the law, and that the suitability of the candidate has
been established. Moreover, if the candidate is a member of a religious
institute or a society of apostolic life, the same letters must also attest that
he has been received definitively into the institute or society and is a subject
of the superior who gives the letters.
§3. If, all these notwithstanding, the bishop doubts for
specific reasons whether a candidate is suitable to receive orders, he is not to
THE NOTATION AND TESTIMONIAL OF ORDINATION CONFERRED
Can. 1053 §1. After an ordination has taken place, the
names of those ordained and of the ordaining minister and the place and date of
the ordination are to be noted in a special register to be kept carefully in the
curia of the place of ordination; all the documents of individual ordinations
are to be preserved carefully.
§2. The ordaining bishop is to give to each of the ordained
an authentic testimonial of the reception of ordination; if a bishop other than
their own promoted them with dimissorial letters, they are to show the
testimonial to their own ordinary for notation of the ordination in a special
register to be kept in the archive.
Can. 1054 The local ordinary if it concerns seculars, or
the competent major superior if it concerns his own subjects, is to send notice
of each ordination celebrated to the pastor of the place of baptism, who is to
record it in his baptismal register according to the norm of can.
1055 - 1165)
Can. 1055 §1. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and
a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and
which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation
and education of offspring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of
a sacrament between the baptized.
§2. For this reason, a valid matrimonial contract cannot
exist between the baptized without it being by that fact a sacrament.
Can. 1056 The essential properties of marriage are unity
and indissolubility, which in Christian marriage obtain a special firmness by
reason of the sacrament.
Can. 1057 §1. The consent of the parties, legitimately
manifested between persons quali-fied by law, makes marriage; no human power is
able to supply this consent.
§2. Matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which a
man and a woman mutually give and accept each other through an irrevocable
covenant in order to establish marriage.
Can. 1058 All persons who are not prohibited by law can
Can. 1059 Even if only one party is Catholic, the marriage
of Catholics is governed not only by divine law but also by canon law, without
prejudice to the competence of civil authority concerning the merely civil
effects of the same marriage.
Can. 1060 Marriage possesses the favor of law; therefore,
in a case of doubt, the validity of a marriage must be upheld until the contrary
Can. 1061 §1. A valid marriage between the baptized is
called ratum tantum if it has not been consummated; it is called ratum et
consummatum if the spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion
a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to
which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one
§2. After a marriage has been celebrated, if the spouses
have lived together consummation is presumed until the contrary is proven.
§3. An invalid marriage is called putative if at least one
party celebrated it in good faith, until both parties become certain of its
Can. 1062 §1. A promise of marriage, whether unilateral or
bilateral, which is called an engagement, is governed by the particular law
established by the conference of bishops, after it has considered any existing
customs and civil laws.
§2. A promise to marry does not give rise to an action to
seek the celebration of marriage; an action to repair damages, however, does
arise if warranted.
PASTORAL CARE AND THOSE THINGS WHICH MUST PRECEDE THE
CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
Can. 1063 Pastors of souls are obliged to take care that
their ecclesiastical community offers the Christian faithful the assistance by
which the matrimonial state is preserved in a Christian spirit and advances in
perfection. This assistance must be offered especially by:
1/ preaching, catechesis adapted to minors, youth, and
adults, and even the use of instruments of social communication, by which the
Christian faithful are instructed about the meaning of Christian marriage and
about the function of Christian spouses and parents;
2/ personal preparation to enter marriage, which disposes
the spouses to the holiness and duties of their new state;
3/ a fruitful liturgical celebration of marriage which is
to show that the spouses signify and share in the mystery of the unity and
fruitful love between Christ and the Church;
4/ help offered to those who are married, so that
faithfully preserving and protecting the conjugal covenant, they daily come to
lead holier and fuller lives in their family.
Can. 1064 It is for the local ordinary to take care that
such assistance is organized fit-tingly, after he has also heard men and women
proven by experience and expertise if it seems opportune.
Can. 1065 §1. Catholics who have not yet received the
sacrament of confirmation are to receive it before they are admitted to marriage
if it can be done without grave inconvenience.
§2. To receive the sacrament of marriage fruitfully,
spouses are urged especially to approach the sacraments of penance and of the
Most Holy Eucharist.
Can. 1066 Before a marriage is celebrated, it must be
evident that nothing stands in the way of its valid and licit celebration.
Can. 1067 The conference of bishops is to establish norms
about the examination of spouses and about the marriage banns or other opportune
means to accomplish the investigations necessary before marriage. After these
norms have been diligently observed, the pastor can proceed to assist at the
Can. 1068 In danger of death and if other proofs cannot be
obtained, the aYrmation of the contracting parties, even sworn if the case
warrants it, that they are baptized and are prevented by no impediment is
sufficient unless there are indications to the contrary.
Can. 1069 All the faithful are obliged to reveal any
impediments they know about to the pastor or local ordinary before the
celebration of the marriage.
Can. 1070 If someone other than the pastor who is to
assist at marriage has conducted the investigations, the person is to notify the
pastor about the results as soon as possible through an authentic document.
Can. 1071 §1. Except in a case of necessity, a person is
not to assist without the permission of the local ordinary at:
1/ a marriage of transients;
2/ a marriage which cannot be recognized or celebrated
according to the norm of civil law;
3/ a marriage of a person who is bound by natural
obligations toward another party or children arising from a previous union;
4/ a marriage of a person who has notoriously rejected the
5/ a marriage of a person who is under a censure;
6/ a marriage of a minor child when the parents are unaware
or reasonably opposed;
7/ a marriage to be entered into through a proxy as
mentioned in can.
§2. The local ordinary is not to grant permission to assist
at the marriage of a person who has notoriously rejected the Catholic faith
unless the norms mentioned in can.
1125 have been observed with necessary adaptation.
Can. 1072 Pastors of souls are to take care to dissuade
youth from the celebration of marriage before the age at which a person usually
enters marriage according to the accepted practices of the region.
DIRIMENT IMPEDIMENTS IN GENERAL
Can. 1073 A diriment impediment renders a person
unqualified to contract marriage validly.
Can. 1074 An impediment which can be proven in the
external forum is considered to be public; otherwise it is occult.
Can. 1075 §1. It is only for the supreme authority of the
Church to declare authentically when divine law prohibits or nullifies marriage.
§2. Only the supreme authority has the right to establish
other impediments for the baptized.
Can. 1076 A custom which introduces a new impediment or is
contrary to existing impediments is reprobated.
Can. 1077 §1. In a special case, the local ordinary can
prohibit marriage for his own subjects residing anywhere and for all actually
present in his own territory but only for a time, for a grave cause, and for as
long as the cause continues.
§2. Only the supreme authority of the Church can add a
nullifying clause to a prohibition.
Can. 1078 §1. The local ordinary can dispense his own
subjects residing anywhere and all actually present in his own territory from
all impediments of ecclesiastical law except those whose dispensation is
reserved to the Apostolic See.
§2. Impediments whose dispensation is reserved to the
Apostolic See are:
1/ the impediment arising from sacred orders or from a
public perpetual vow of chastity in a religious institute of pontifical right;
2/ the impediment of crime mentioned in can.
§3. A dispensation is never given from the impediment of
consanguinity in the direct line or in the second degree of the collateral line.
Can. 1079 §1. In urgent danger of death, the local
ordinary can dispense his own subjects residing anywhere and all actually
present in his territory both from the form to be observed in the celebration of
marriage and from each and every impediment of ecclesiastical law, whether
public or occult, except the impediment arising from the sacred order of
§2. In the same circumstances mentioned in §1, but only for
cases in which the local ordinary cannot be reached, the pastor, the properly
delegated sacred minister, and the priest or deacon who assists at marriage
according to the norm of can.
1116, §2 possess the same power of dispensing.
§3. In danger of death a confessor possesses the power of
dispensing from occult impediments for the internal forum, whether within or
outside the act of sacramental confession.
§4. In the case mentioned in §2, the local ordinary is not
considered accessible if he can be reached only through telegraph or telephone.
Can. 1080 §1. Whenever an impediment is discovered after
everything has already been prepared for the wedding, and the marriage cannot be
delayed without probable danger of grave harm until a dispensation is obtained
from the competent authority, the local ordinary and, provided that the case is
occult, all those mentioned in can.
1079, §§2-3 when the conditions prescribed therein have been observed possess
the power of dispensing from all impediments except those mentioned in can.
1078, §2, n. 1.
§2. This power is valid even to convalidate a marriage if
there is the same danger in delay and there is insufficient time to make
recourse to the Apostolic See or to the local ordinary concerning impediments
from which he is able to dispense.
Can. 1081 The pastor or the priest or deacon mentioned in can.
1079, §2 is to notify the local ordinary immediately about a dispensation
granted for the external forum; it is also to be noted in the marriage register.
Can. 1082 Unless a rescript of the Penitentiary provides
otherwise, a dispensation from an occult impediment granted in the
non-sacramental internal forum is to be noted in a book which must be kept in
the secret archive of the curia; no other dispensation for the external forum is
necessary if afterwards the occult impediment becomes public.
SPECIFIC DIRIMENT IMPEDIMENTS
Can. 1083 §1. A man before he has completed his sixteenth
year of age and a woman before she has completed her fourteenth year of age
cannot enter into a valid marriage.
§2. The conference of bishops is free to establish a higher
age for the licit celebration of marriage.
Can. 1084 §1. Antecedent and perpetual impotence to have
intercourse, whether on the part of the man or the woman, whether absolute or
relative, nullifies marriage by its very nature.
§2. If the impediment of impotence is doubtful, whether by
a doubt about the law or a doubt about a fact, a marriage must not be impeded
nor, while the doubt remains, declared null.
§3. Sterility neither prohibits nor nullifies marriage,
without prejudice to the prescript of can.
Can. 1085 §1. A person bound by the bond of a prior
marriage, even if it was not consummated, invalidly attempts marriage.
§2. Even if the prior marriage is invalid or dissolved for
any reason, it is not on that account permitted to contract another before the
nullity or dissolution of the prior marriage is established legitimately and
Can. 1086 §1.n A marriage between two persons, one of whom was baptized in the Catholic Church
or received into it, and the other of whom is not baptized, is invalid.
§2. A person is not to be dispensed from this impediment
unless the conditions mentioned in cann. 1125 and 1126 have been fulfilled.
§3. If at the time the marriage was contracted one party
was commonly held to have been baptized or the baptism was doubtful, the
validity of the marriage must be presumed according to the norm of can.
1060 until it is proven with certainty that one party was baptized but the other
Can. 1087 Those in sacred orders invalidly attempt
Can. 1088 Those bound by a public perpetual vow of
chastity in a religious institute invalidly attempt marriage.
Can. 1089 No marriage can exist between a man and a woman
who has been abducted or at least detained with a view of contracting marriage
with her unless the woman chooses marriage of her own accord after she has been
separated from the captor and established in a safe and free place.
Can. 1090 §1. Anyone who with a view to entering marriage
with a certain person has brought about the death of that person’s spouse or of
one’s own spouse invalidly attempts this marriage.
§2. Those who have brought about the death of a spouse by
mutual physical or moral cooperation also invalidly attempt a marriage together.
Can. 1091 §1. In the direct line of consanguinity marriage
is invalid between all ancestors and descendants, both legitimate and natural.
§2. In the collateral line marriage is invalid up to and
including the fourth degree.
§3. The impediment of consanguinity is not multiplied.
§4. A marriage is never permitted if doubt exists whether
the partners are related by consanguinity in any degree of the direct line or in
the second degree of the collateral line.
Can. 1092 Affinity in the direct line in any degree
invalidates a marriage.
Can. 1093 The impediment of public propriety arises from
an invalid marriage after the establishment of common life or from notorious or
public concubinage. It nullifies marriage in the first degree of the direct line
between the man and the blood relatives of the woman, and vice versa.
Can. 1094 Those who are related in the direct line or in
the second degree of the collateral line by a legal relationship arising from
adoption cannot contract marriage together validly.
Can. 1095 The following are incapable of contracting
1/ those who lack the sufficient use of reason;
2/ those who suVer from a grave defect of discretion of
judgment concerning the essential matrimonial rights and duties mutually to be
handed over and accepted;
3/ those who are not able to assume the essential
obligations of marriage for causes of a psychic nature.
Can. 1096 §1. For matrimonial consent to exist, the
contracting parties must be at least not ignorant that marriage is a permanent
partnership between a man and a woman ordered to the procreation of offspring by
means of some sexual cooperation.
§2. This ignorance is not presumed after puberty.
Can. 1097 §1. Error concerning the person renders a
§2. Error concerning a quality of the person does not
render a marriage invalid even if it is the cause for the contract, unless this
quality is directly and principally intended.
Can. 1098 A person contracts invalidly who enters into a
marriage deceived by malice, perpetrated to obtain consent, concerning some
quality of the other partner which by its very nature can gravely disturb the
partnership of conjugal life.
Can. 1099 Error concerning the unity or indissolubility or
sacramental dignity of marriage does not vitiate matrimonial consent provided
that it does not determine the will.
Can. 1100 The knowledge or opinion of the nullity of a
marriage does not necessarily exclude matrimonial consent.
Can. 1101 §1. The internal consent of the mind is presumed
to conform to the words and signs used in celebrating the marriage.
§2. If, however, either or both of the parties by a
positive act of the will exclude marriage itself, some essential element of
marriage, or some essential property of marriage, the party contracts invalidly.
Can. 1102 §1. A marriage subject to a condition about the
future cannot be contracted validly.
§2. A marriage entered into subject to a condition about
the past or the present is valid or not insofar as that which is subject to the
condition exists or not.
§3. The condition mentioned in §2, however, cannot be
placed licitly without the written permission of the local ordinary.
Can. 1103 A marriage is invalid if entered into because of
force or grave fear from without, even if unintentionally inflicted, so that a
person is compelled to choose marriage in order to be free from it.
Can. 1104 §1. To contract a marriage validly the
contracting parties must be present together, either in person or by proxy.
§2. Those being married are to express matrimonial consent
in words or, if they cannot speak, through equivalent signs.
Can. 1105 §1. To enter into a marriage validly by proxy it
is required that:
1/ there is a special mandate to contract with a specific
2/ the proxy is designated by the one mandating and
fulfills this function personally.
§2. To be valid the mandate must be signed by the one
mandating and by the pastor or ordinary of the place where the mandate is given,
or by a priest delegated by either of them, or at least by two witnesses, or it
must be made by means of a document which is authentic according to the norm of
§3. If the one mandating cannot write, this is to be noted
in the mandate itself and another witness is to be added who also signs the
document; otherwise, the mandate is invalid.
§4. If the one mandating revokes the mandate or develops
amentia before the proxy contracts in his or her name, the marriage is invalid
even if the proxy or the other contracting party does not know this.
Can. 1106 A marriage can be contracted through an
interpreter; the pastor is not to assist at it, however, unless he is certain of
the trustworthiness of the interpreter.
Can. 1107 Even if a marriage was entered into invalidly by
reason of an impediment or a defect of form, the consent given is presumed to
persist until its revocation is established.
THE FORM OF THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
Can. 1108 §1. Only those marriages are valid which are
contracted before the local ordinary, pastor, or a priest or deacon delegated by
either of them, who assist, and before two witnesses according to the rules
expressed in the following canons and without prejudice to the exceptions
mentioned in cann. 144, 1112, §1, 1116, and 1127,
§2. The person who assists at a marriage is understood to
be only that person who is present, asks for the manifestation of the consent of
the contracting parties, and receives it in the name of the Church.
Can. 1109 Unless the local ordinary and pastor have been
excommunicated, interdicted, or suspended from office or declared such through a
sentence or decree, by virtue of their office and within the confines of their
territory they assist validly at the marriages not only of their subjects but
also of those who are not their subjects provided that one of them is of the
Can. 1110 By virtue of office, a personal ordinary and a
personal pastor assist validly only at marriages where at least one of the
parties is a subject within the confines of their jurisdiction.
Can. 1111 §1. As long as they hold office validly, the
local ordinary and the pastor can delegate to priests and deacons the faculty,
even a general one, of assisting at marriages within the limits of their
§2. To be valid, the delegation of the faculty to assist at
marriages must be given to specific persons expressly.
If it concerns special delegation, it must be given for a
specific marriage; if it concerns general delegation, it must be given in
Can. 1112 §1. Where there is a lack of priests and
deacons, the diocesan bishop can delegate lay persons to assist at marriages,
with the previous favorable vote of the conference of bishops and after he has
obtained the permission of the Holy See.
§2. A suitable lay person is to be selected, who is capable
of giving instruction to those preparing to be married and able to perform the
matrimonial liturgy properly.
Can. 1113 Before special delegation is granted, all those
things which the law has established to prove free status are to be fulfilled.
Can. 1114 The person assisting at marriage acts illicitly
unless the person has made certain of the free status of the contracting parties
according to the norm of law and, if possible, of the permission of the pastor
whenever the person assists in virtue of general delegation.
Can. 1115 Marriages are to be celebrated in a parish where
either of the contracting parties has a domicile, quasidomicile, or month long
residence or, if it concerns transients, in the parish where they actually
reside. With the permission of the proper ordinary or proper pastor, marriages
can be celebrated elsewhere.
Can. 1116 §1. If a person competent to assist according to
the norm of law cannot be present or approached without grave inconvenience,
those who intend to enter into a true marriage can contract it validly and
licitly before witnesses only:
1/ in danger of death;
2/ outside the danger of death provided that it is
prudently foreseen that the situation will continue for a month.
§2. In either case, if some other priest or deacon who can
be present is available, he must be called and be present at the celebration of
the marriage together with the witnesses, without prejudice to the validity of
the marriage before witnesses only.
Can. 1117n The form prescribed above must be observed if at least one of the parties
contracting the marriage was baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it,
without prejudice to the provisions of can. 1127 § 2.
Can. 1118 §1. A marriage between Catholics or between a
Catholic party and a non-Catholic baptized party is to be celebrated in a parish
church. It can be celebrated in another church or oratory with the permission of
the local ordinary or pastor.
§2. The local ordinary can permit a marriage to be
celebrated in another suitable place.
§3. A marriage between a Catholic party and a non-baptized
party can be celebrated in a church or in another suitable place.
Can. 1119 Outside the case of necessity, the rites
prescribed in the liturgical books approved by the Church or received by
legitimate customs are to be observed in the celebration of a marriage.
Can. 1120 The conference of bishops can produce its own
rite of marriage, to be reviewed by the Holy See, in keeping with the usages of
places and peoples which are adapted to the Christian spirit; nevertheless, the
law remains in effect that the person who assists at the marriage is present,
asks for the manifestation of consent of the contracting parties, and receives
Can. 1121 §1. After a marriage has been celebrated, the
pastor of the place of the celebration or the person who takes his place, even
if neither assisted at the marriage, is to note as soon as possible in the
marriage register the names of the spouses, the person who assisted, and the
witnesses, and the place and date of the celebration of the marriage according
to the method prescribed by the conference of bishops or the diocesan bishop.
§2. Whenever a marriage is contracted according to the norm
1116, a priest or deacon, if he was present at the celebration, or otherwise the
witnesses in solidum with the contracting parties are bound to inform as soon as
possible the pastor or local ordinary about the marriage entered into.
§3. For a marriage contracted with a dispensation from
canonical form, the local ordinary who granted the dispensation is to take care
that the dispensation and celebration are inscribed in the marriage registers of
both the curia and the proper parish of the Catholic party whose pastor
conducted the investigation about the free status. The Catholic spouse is bound
to notify as soon as possible the same ordinary and pastor about the marriage
celebrated and also to indicate the place of the celebration and the public form
Can. 1122 §1. The contracted marriage is to be noted also
in the baptismal registers in which the baptism of the spouses has been recorded.
§2. If a spouse did not contract marriage in the parish in
which the person was baptized, the pastor of the place of the celebration is to
send notice of the marriage which has been entered into as soon as possible to
the pastor of the place of the conferral of baptism.
Can. 1123 Whenever a marriage is either convalidated in
the external forum, declared null, or legitimately dissolved other than by death,
the pastor of the place of the celebration of the marriage must be informed so
that a notation is properly made in the marriage and baptismal registers.
Can. 1124n Marriage between two baptized persons, one of whom was baptized in the Catholic
Church or received into it after baptism, and the other a member of a Church or
ecclesial community not in full communion with the Catholic Church, cannot be
celebrated without the express permission of the competent authority.
Can. 1125 The local ordinary can grant a permission of
this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause. He is not to grant it unless
the following conditions have been fulfilled:
1/ the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is
prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere
promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and
brought up in the Catholic Church;
2/ the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time
about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is
certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the
3/ both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and
essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to
Can. 1126 It is for the conference of bishops to establish
the method in which these declarations and promises, which are always required,
must be made and to define the manner in which they are to be established in the
external forum and the non-Catholic party informed about them.
Can. 1127 §1. The prescripts of can.
1108 are to be observed for the form to be used in a mixed marriage.
Nevertheless, if a Catholic party contracts marriage with a
non-Catholic party of an Eastern rite, the canonical form of the celebration
must be observed for liceity only; for validity, however, the presence of a
sacred minister is required and the other requirements of law are to be observed.
§2. If grave diYculties hinder the observance of canonical
form, the local ordinary of the Catholic party has the right of dispensing from
the form in individual cases, after having consulted the ordinary of the place
in which the marriage is celebrated and with some public form of celebration for
validity. It is for the conference of bishops to establish norms by which the
aforementioned dispensation is to be granted in a uniform manner.
§3. It is forbidden to have another religious celebration
of the same marriage to give or renew matrimonial consent before or after the
canonical celebration according to the norm of §1. Likewise, there is not to be
a religious celebration in which the Catholic who is assisting and a
non-Catholic minister together, using their own rites, ask for the consent of
Can. 1128 Local ordinaries and other pastors of souls are
to take care that the Catholic spouse and the children born of a mixed marriage
do not lack the spiritual help to fulfill their obligations and are to help
spouses foster the unity of conjugal and family life.
Can. 1129 The prescripts of cann. 1127 and 1128 must be applied also to marriages which the impediment of disparity of cult
mentioned in can.
1086, §1 impedes.
MARRIAGE CELEBRATED SECRETLY
Can. 1130 For a grave and urgent cause, the local ordinary
can permit a marriage to be celebrated secretly.
Can. 1131 Permission to celebrate a marriage secretly
entails the following:
1/ the investigations which must be conducted before the
marriage are done secretly;
2/ the local ordinary, the one assisting, the witnesses,
and the spouses observe secrecy about the marriage celebrated.
Can. 1132 The obligation of observing the secrecy
mentioned in can.
1131, n. 2 ceases on the part of the local ordinary if grave scandal or grave
harm to the holiness of marriage is imminent due to the observance of the
secret; this is to be made known to the parties before the celebration of the
Can. 1133 A marriage celebrated secretly is to be noted
only in a special register to be kept in the secret archive of the curia.
THE EFFECTS OF MARRIAGE
Can. 1134 From a valid marriage there arises between the
spouses a bond which by its nature is perpetual and exclusive. Moreover, a
special sacrament strengthens and, as it were, consecrates the spouses in a
Christian marriage for the duties and dignity of their state.
Can. 1135 Each spouse has an equal duty and right to those
things which belong to the partnership of conjugal life.
Can. 1136 Parents have the most grave duty and the primary
right to take care as best they can for the physical, social, cultural, moral,
and religious education of their offspring.
Can. 1137 The children conceived or born of a valid or
putative marriage are legitimate.
Can. 1138 §1. The father is he whom a lawful marriage
indicates unless clear evidence proves the contrary.
§2. Children born at least 180 days after the day when the
marriage was celebrated or within 300 days from the day of the dissolution of
conjugal life are presumed to be legitimate.
Can. 1139 Illegitimate children are legitimated by the
subsequent valid or putative marriage of their parents or by a rescript of the
Can. 1140 As regards canonical effects, legitimated
children are equal in all things to legitimate ones unless the law has expressly
THE SEPARATION OF SPOUSES
DISSOLUTION OF THE BOND
Can. 1141 A marriage that is ratum et consummatum can be
dissolved by no human power and by no cause, except death.
Can. 1142 For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve
a non-consummated marriage between baptized persons or between a baptized party
and a non-baptized party at the request of both parties or of one of them, even
if the other party is unwilling.
Can. 1143 §1. A marriage entered into by two non-baptized
persons is dissolved by means of the pauline privilege in favor of the faith of
the party who has received baptism by the very fact that a new marriage is
contracted by the same party, provided that the non-baptized party departs.
§2. The non-baptized party is considered to depart if he or
she does not wish to cohabit with the baptized party or to cohabit peacefully
without aVront to the Creator unless the baptized party, after baptism was
received, has given the other a just cause for departing.
Can. 1144 §1. For the baptized party to contract a new
marriage validly, the non-baptized party must always be interrogated whether:
1/ he or she also wishes to receive baptism;
2/ he or she at least wishes to cohabit peacefully with the
baptized party without aVront to the Creator.
§2. This interrogation must be done after baptism. For a
grave cause, however, the local ordinary can permit the interrogation to be done
before baptism or can even dispense from the interrogation either before or
after baptism provided that it is evident at least by a summary and
extrajudicial process that it cannot be done or would be useless.
Can. 1145 §1. The interrogation is regularly to be done on
the authority of the local ordinary of the converted party.
This ordinary must grant the other spouse a period of time
to respond if the spouse seeks it, after having been advised, however, that his
or her silence will be considered a negative response if the period passes
§2. Even an interrogation made privately by the converted
party is valid and indeed licit if the form prescribed above cannot be observed.
§3. In either case, the fact that the interrogation was
done and its outcome must be established legitimately in the external forum.
Can. 1146 The baptized party has the right to contract a
new marriage with a Catholic party:
1/ if the other party responded negatively to the
interrogation or if the interrogation had been omitted legitimately;
2/ if the non-baptized party, already interrogated or not,
at first persevered in peaceful cohabitation without aVront to the Creator but
then departed without a just cause, without prejudice to the prescripts of
cann. 1144 and 1145.
Can. 1147 For a grave cause, however, the local ordinary
can allow a baptized party who uses the pauline privilege to contract marriage
with a non-Catholic party, whether baptized or not baptized; the prescripts of
the canons about mixed marriages are also to be observed.
Can. 1148 §1. When he receives baptism in the Catholic
Church, a non-baptized man who has several non-baptized wives at the same time
can retain one of them after the others have been dismissed, if it is hard for
him to remain with the first one. The same is valid for a non-baptized woman who
has several non-baptized husbands at the same time.
§2. In the cases mentioned in §1, marriage must be
contracted in legitimate form after baptism has been received, and the
prescripts about mixed marriages, if necessary, and other matters required by
the law are to be observed.
§3. Keeping in mind the moral, social, and economic
conditions of places and of persons, the local ordinary is to take care that the
needs of the first wife and the others dismissed are sufficiently provided for
according to the norms of justice, Christian charity, and natural equity.
Can. 1149 A non-baptized person who, after having received
baptism in the Catholic Church, cannot restore cohabitation with a non-baptized
spouse by reason of captivity or persecution can contract another marriage even
if the other party has received baptism in the meantime, without prejudice to
the prescript of can.
Can. 1150 In a doubtful matter the privilege of faith
possesses the favor of the law.
SEPARATION WITH THE BOND REMAINING
Can. 1151 Spouses have the duty and right to preserve
conjugal living unless a legitimate cause excuses them.
Can. 1152 §1. Although it is earnestly recommended that a
spouse, moved by Christian charity and concerned for the good of the family, not
refuse forgiveness to an adulterous partner and not disrupt conjugal life,
nevertheless, if the spouse did not condone the fault of the other expressly or
tacitly, the spouse has the right to sever conjugal living unless the spouse
consented to the adultery, gave cause for it, or also committed adultery.
§2. Tacit condonation exists if the innocent spouse has had
marital relations voluntarily with the other spouse after having become certain
of the adultery. It is presumed, moreover, if the spouse observed conjugal
living for six months and did not make recourse to the ecclesiastical or civil
§3. If the innocent spouse has severed conjugal living
voluntarily, the spouse is to introduce a cause for separation within six months
to the competent ecclesiastical authority which, after having investigated all
the circumstances, is to consider carefully whether the innocent spouse can be
moved to forgive the fault and not to prolong the separation permanently.
Can. 1153 §1. If either of the spouses causes grave mental
or physical danger to the other spouse or to the offspring or otherwise renders
common life too diYcult, that spouse gives the other a legitimate cause for
leaving, either by decree of the local ordinary or even on his or her own
authority if there is danger in delay.
§2. In all cases, when the cause for the separation ceases,
conjugal living must be restored unless ecclesiastical authority has established
Can. 1154 After the separation of the spouses has taken
place, the adequate support and education of the children must always be
Can. 1155 The innocent spouse laudably can readmit the
other spouse to conjugal life; in this case the innocent spouse renounces the
right to separate.
THE CONVALIDATION OF MARRIAGE
Can. 1156 §1. To convalidate a marriage which is invalid
because of a diriment impediment, it is required that the impediment ceases or
is dispensed and that at least the party conscious of the impediment renews
§2. Ecclesiastical law requires this renewal for the
validity of the convalidation even if each party gave consent at the beginning
and did not revoke it afterwards.
Can. 1157 The renewal of consent must be a new act of the
will concerning a marriage which the renewing party knows or thinks was null
from the beginning.
Can. 1158 §1. If the impediment is public, both parties
must renew the consent in canonical form, without prejudice to the prescript of can.
§2. If the impediment cannot be proven, it is sufficient
that the party conscious of the impediment renews the consent privately and in
secret, provided that the other perseveres in the consent offered; if the
impediment is known to both parties, both are to renew the consent.
Can. 1159 §1. A marriage which is invalid because of a
defect of consent is convalidated if the party who did not consent now consents,
provided that the consent given by the other party perseveres.
§2. If the defect of consent cannot be proven, it is
sufficient that the party who did not consent gives consent privately and in
§3. If the defect of consent can be proven, the consent
must be given in canonical form.
Can. 1160 A marriage which is null because of defect of
form must be contracted anew in canonical form in order to become valid, without
prejudice to the prescript of can.
Can. 1161 §1. The radical sanation of an invalid marriage
is its convalidation without the renewal of consent, which is granted by
competent authority and entails the dispensation from an impediment, if there is
one, and from canonical form, if it was not observed, and the retroactivity of
§2. Convalidation occurs at the moment of the granting of
the favor. Retroactivity, however, is understood to extend to the moment of the
celebration of the marriage unless other provision is expressly made.
§3. A radical sanation is not to be granted unless it is
probable that the parties wish to persevere in conjugal life.
Can. 1162 §1. A marriage cannot be radically sanated if
consent is lacking in either or both of the parties, whether the consent was
lacking from the beginning or, though present in the beginning, was revoked
§2. If this consent was indeed lacking from the beginning
but was given afterwards, the sanation can be granted from the moment the
consent was given.
Can. 1163 §1. A marriage which is invalid because of an
impediment or a defect of legitimate form can be sanated provided that the
consent of each party perseveres.
§2. A marriage which is invalid because of an impediment of
natural law or of divine positive law can be sanated only after the impediment
Can. 1164 A sanation can be granted validly even if either
or both of the parties do not know of it; nevertheless, it is not to be granted
except for a grave cause.
Can. 1165 §1. The Apostolic See can grant a radical
§2. The diocesan bishop can grant a radical sanation in individual cases even
if there are several reasons for nullity in the same marriage, after the
conditions mentioned in can. 1125 for the sanation of a mixed marriage have been
ful-filled. He cannot grant one, however, if there is an impediment whose
dispensation is reserved to the Apostolic See according to the norm of can.
1078, §2, or if it concerns an impediment of natural law or divine positive law
which has now ceased.
that the text corresponds to a new version or a new paragraph)
Apostolic Letter issued "Motu Proprio" Omnium in mentem, modifying some
canons of the Code of Canon Law (October 26, 2009)
Can. 1008 By divine institution, the sacrament of orders
establishes some among the Christian faithful as sacred ministers through an
indelible character which marks them. They are consecrated and designated, each
according to his grade, to nourish the people of God, fufilling in the person of
Christ the Head the functions of teaching, sanctifying, and governing.
Can. 1086 §1. A marriage between two persons, one of whom
has been baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it and has not
defected from it by a formal act and the other of whom is not baptized, is
Can. 1117 The form established above must be observed if
at least one of the parties contracting marriage was baptized in the Catholic
Church or received into it and has not defected from it by a formal act, without
prejudice to the prescripts of can.
Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent
authority, a marriage is prohibited between two baptized persons of whom one is
baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it after baptism and has not
defected from it by a formal act and the other of whom is enrolled in a Church
or ecclesial community not in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Cf: Apostolic Letter issued 'Motu Proprio'
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