Marriage and Holy Orders – Catholicism
“Matrimony is one of the two sacraments of vocation. Married couples promise to serve each other with love and to serve the whole Church. They enter into a lifelong covenant of love. This is their vocation. They serve the Church by their love and they share in God’s creation in a special way when they give birth to children. In Matrimony, God gives a man and woman the special grace and blessings to build a Christian family together. The Church celebrates the call to love in a special way in the sacrament of Matrimony or marriage.1
——Italics mine: For eons the Roman church has proposed Matrimony as being that state wherein husband and wife serve the church through procreation. Yes, love is an important part of this process yet not until recently has the church admitted that Matrimony is also for the couples themselves whether there are children or not.
Questions asked at some point have been –
If the object of Marriage is offspring then potency is necessary, but is fertility?
I heard the question asked -concerning whether a woman born without a womb can marry in the Catholic Church? The answer to that one is,’yes’, as long as she can consummate the marriage, they can marry.
Rather than me writing much more on this aspect myself I have just read an enlightening article regarding the disabled, mutilated, impotent and Marriage take time to read it – “Why The Church Cannot Marry the Impotent”
Therefore: for various reasons, under Canon Law the Roman Church forbids Marriage between various sorts of people on the grounds that such marriages are impossible to consummate, in the acceptable manner. One of those classes, as we know are homosexuals.
So Love is being discriminated against at many levels.
“The Sacrament of Matrimony, whereby a man and woman are joined together in a life-long union of procreative love, is a calling from God. The Creator established this purpose from the very beginning by the very manner in which He made men and women. Jesus taught that the nature of marriage itself reflects the indivisible unity of the love of God. In this way Jesus raised the natural bond of marriage to a supernatural sacrament of life and love.“2.
- ‘The Creator established this purpose from the beginning by the very manner in which he made men and women”Obviously the Creator created us so that we might have children if we could and if we wanted them. Otherwise the world would not be in the mess it is in – ha! It is the question of not wanting children that is another impediment to a valid Catholic Marriage.
- “In this way Jesus raised the natural bond of marriage to a supernatural sacrament of life and love.” My query is whether or not Jesus words about Marriage actually conferred Sanctity/Sacrament or inferred ethics and morality?
“The movement toward this life choice, the union of marriage, is, therefore, a moment requiring careful deliberation and spiritual preparation. The parish staff should be contacted at least six months prior to the desired date of marriage so appropriate arrangements and preparation can be made, 740-965-1358. Individual sessions with the parish clergy and attendance at a Pre-Cana ( see online Pre-Cana Sessions +fee) session are required for marriage. If one or both partners have been married before, the couple can work with someone on the staff to receive an annulment.”3.
Next Post I want to examine the Scriptures and some of the exclusions in light of the true spirit of Jesus.
- Sacraments of Vocations | St. John Neumann. 2015. Sacraments of Vocations | St. John Neumann. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.saintjohnsunbury.org/sacraments/vocations. [Accessed 09 November 2015].