Matrimony


Catechism of the Catholic Church

On the Sacrament of Matrimony Council of Trent

Love is for Life 1986 pastoral letter by the Irish bishops. See especially part IV

Marriage Preparation Pontifical Council for the Family

Provisions of the Constitution of 1866, 1923 and 1938 on the religious ceremony of marriage By Constantin Rus. Scroll to page 75. Theologia, a publication of the Orthodox Theology Faculty from “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, April-June 2012

Practical Implications of Trinitarian Life for Us: Part Two: Marital Relationship as an Image of the Trinity By Denis Toohey in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2011

The Movement for Same-Sex Marriage By Brian Lewis in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Summer 2011

Practical Implications of Trinitarian Life for Us: Part Three: Living Marriage as Vocation in the Life of the Trinity By Denis Toohey in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Winter 2011

Marriage and Mulieris Dignitatem By Fr. John J. Couglin, O.F.M in Ave Maria Law Review, 2011

Mulieris Dignitatem and the Exclusivity of Marriage Under Law By Howard Bromberg in Ave Maria Law Review, 2011

Interchurch Marriage--Conjugal and Ecclesial Communion in the Domestic Church By Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Summer 2009

The Relationship between God's Covenant with His People and Marriage in the Old Testament By Călin Sechelea in Studia Theologica, 2009

Religious Marriage in a Liberal State By Gidi Sapir & Daniel Statman in Cardozo Law Review, June 2009

“De-centre-ing” Sexual Difference in Public and Ecclesial Discourses on Marriage By Yolanda Dreyer in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 2008

What Male–Female Complementarity Makes Possible: Marriage As a Two-In-One-Flesh Union By Patrick Lee and Robert P. George in Theological Studies, September 2008

Making Marriages Stronger: A Multi-Tiered Approach Based on Traditional Jewish Understandings of Marriage By Elliot N. Dorff in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

More Than A Mere Contract: Marriage as Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology By John Witte Jr. in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

More Than A Mere Contract: Marriage as Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology By Joel A. Nichols in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

Theology of the Body: Marriage and the Eucharist By Adrian Reimers, University of Notre Dame, at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Same-Sex Unions and the Legal Definition of “Marriage”: What Can Philosophers Contribute? By Gregory Bassham, King's College, PA, at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Nature, Equality and Same-Sex Marriage By Perry Dane, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Ecumenical Marriage as Leaven for Christian Unity By Jason E. King in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Spring 2007

Marriage in the Life of the Parish: He sent them out two by two ... Luke 10:1 By Helen McCabe in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2007

The Vocation of Marriage Podcast of presentation by Mary Jo Pedersen of the Omaha Archdiocesan Family Life Office, 2007

Of Spouses, the Real World, and the "Where" of Christian Marriage By David S. Crawford in Communio, Spring 2006

Marital Spirituality: A Spiritual Paradigm Shift By Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi in The Way, 2006

Of Spouses, the Real World, and the "Where" of Christian Marriage By David S. Crawford in Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2006

Preparing for Marriage: 10 Tools for the Journey By William Urbine in Catholic Update, 2006

The Nature of Marriage and Its Various Aspects By Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo in Ave Maria Law Review, 2006

Tradition and Development in the Catholic Church's Teaching on Marriage: A Response to Cardinal Trujillo By John J. Coughlin, O.F.M. in Ave Maria Law Review, 2006

The Mysterion which is Marriage: A Vision for the Marital Life By José M. de Mesa in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2006

A "Judeo-Christian" Argument for Privatizing Marriage By Daniel A. Crane in Cardozo Law Review, January 2006

'Husbands, love your wives as your own bodies': Is Nuptial Love a Case of Love or Its Paradigm? By Margaret H. McCarthy in Communio: International Catholic Review, Summer 2005

The Indissolubility of Marriage: Reasons to Reconsider By Kenneth R. Himes and A. James Coriden in Theological Studies, September 2004

The Magisterium's Arguments Against "Same-Sex Marriage": An Ethical Analysis and Critique By Stephen J. Pope in Theological Studies, September 2004

Bringing Your Marriage Into the Church By Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin in Catholic Update, 2004

The U.S. Bishops' Between Man and Woman Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions, in Catholic Update, 2004

Marriage: Growing in Love By Andrew and Liz Chatelier in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Spring 2004

Evangelical Counsels in Marriage? By J?örg Splett in Communio: International Catholic Review, Fall 2004

Theological Perspectives on Marriage By Marc Ouellet in Communio: International Catholic Review, Fall 2004

Biblical Teaching on Marriage: A Brief Survey By Francis Martin in Word & World, Winter 2003

Can Marriage Be Defined? By Don Browning in Word & World, Winter 2003

From Words to Sacrament, from Sacrament to Flesh: the Concept of Marriage By Randy Lee, Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg Campus, in Catholic Social Science Review, 2003

Adjustment and Complications of Catholic and Inter-faith Intermarriages By Abe W. Ata, Senior Research Associate at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 2003

A Comparison of St. Paul's Texts on Marriage and His Modus Operandi Argumentum: An Analytic Approach By Bill King in Quodlibet Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy, January 2003

Marriage: Developments in Catholic Theology and Ethics By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 2003

Marriage: Developments in Catholic Theology and Ethics By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 2003

Preserving Marriage: A Radical Proposal By Marian Crowe, University of Notre Dame, 2003

Preserving Marriage: A Radical Proposal By Marian Crowe, University of Notre Dame, at the “Formation and Renewal Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2003

Pope John Paul II's Teaching on Sexuality and Marriage: An Appraisal By Charles E. Curran in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2003

The Filipino Context of Infidelity and Resilience By Ted Gonzales, S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2003

10 Questions About Annulment By Joseph M. Champlin in Catholic Update, 2002

1 Corinthians 7 in the light of the Graeco-Roman Marriage and Divorce Papyri By David Instone-Brewer in Tyndale Bulletin, 2001

1 Corinthians 7 in the light of the Jewish Greek and Aramaic Marriage and Divorce Papyri By David Instone-Brewer in Tyndale Bulletin, 2001

A Contemporary Assessment of St. Augustine's On the Good of Widowhood By Floy Andrews Doull in Animus, 2001

Marriage & Divorce Papyri of the Ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish World By Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer, Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge, 2000

The Challenge of the Marriage Metaphor of Hosea 1-3 to Confucian Marriage Practices in Korea By Jeong Ae Yoon in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2000

Outside The Church : Whom Catholics Marry & Where By James D. Davidson in Commonweal, Sept 10, 1999

Covenant or contract? Marriage as Theology: Women in Jewish Marriages By Laura Levitt in Cross Currents, Summer 1998

When Does Christian Marriage Begin -- Before or After the Wedding? By Adrian Thatcher, excerpted from "Beginning Marriage: Two Traditions," in Religion and Sexuality, Sheffield Academic Press, 1998

Spirituality for Today, July, 1997 Articles include: Marriage; No Heroes? The Catholic Wedding; The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Spirituality for Today, June, 1997 Articles include: Annulment; Did the Second Vatican Council Change The Church's Understanding of Marriage?; Is Marraige Still Permanent?; The Annulment Procedure

Second Marriage: An Opportunity for Spiritual Growth? By Timothy J. Buckley in The Way, 1997

Second Marriage: Complications in the Cathoilic Church By Timothy J. Buckley in The Way, 1997

Finding God in Married Love By John and Pat Ryan, Directors of Respite, Inc., Temporary home for disabled childen, Spring 1996

Sacrament of Marriage: Sign of Faithful Love By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., Th.D. in Catholic Update, 1996

Marriage and Divorce in the Gospel according to Mark (Chapter 10:1-12) By Eugene LaVerdičre in The Way, 1994

Faith, Contract, and Sacrament in Christian Marriage: A Theological Approach By Michael G. Lawler in Theological Studies, December 1991

Marriage as a Christian Calling By Robert Benne, Roanoke College, in Word & World, 1990

Reconciliation of Body and Soul: Gregory of Nyssa's Deeper Theology of Marriage By Mark D. Hart in Theological Studies, September 1990

Interchurch Marriages: How to Help Them Succeed By Elizabeth Bookser Barkley in Catholic Update, 1990

Bonding or Bondage? Commitment and Spiritual Growth in Marriage By Rina Howard in The Way, 1988

Christian Marriage and Christian Ministry By Michael G. Lawler in Spirituality Today, 1988

The Marriage of Baptized Nonbelievers: Faith, Contract, and Sacrament By Susan Wood in Theological Studies, June 1987

Resistance to the Virginal Ideal in Late-Fourth-Century Rome: The Case of Jovinian By David G. Hunter in Theological Studies, March 1987

Sexual Ethics, Marriage, and Divorce By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 1986

Marriage as Sacred Mystery: Some Theological Reflections on the Purposes of Marriage By Douglas Anderson, Presbyterian Counseling Service, Seattle, in Word & World, 1985

The Call to Holiness in Christian Marriage By Kathleen Fischer Hart and Thomas N. Hart in Spirituality Today, 1984

The Journey Through Divorce By Paula Ripple in The Way, 1983

Image of Redemptive Love By Joseph Laishley in The Way, 1983

The Liturgy of Christian Marriage: Introduction to Marital Spirituality By Christopher Kiesling, OP in Spirituality Today, 1982

Faith, Sacrament, Contract, and Christian Marriage: Disputed Questions By Ladislas Orsy in Theological Studies, September 1982

Marriage: Canon Law and Pastoral Practice By Theodore Davey in The Way, 1982

The Jewish Liturgy of Marriage By Asher Finkel in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

The Contribution of Judaism to the Christian Liturgy of Marriage: Similarities and Differences By Adrien Nocent, O.S.B., in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

Why the Church is Granting More Annulments By Jeffrey Keefe, O.F.M.Conv. in Catholic Update, 1980

The Sacrament of Marriage By Mary and James Kenny in Catholic Update, 1979

A Developing Theology of Marriage By Tad Guzie in The Way, 1974

When Is Marriage a Sacrament? By Edward J. Kilmartin in Theological Studies, June 1973

1 Cor 7:10-15: A Basis for Future Catholic Discipline on Marriage and Divorce? By Brian Byron in Theological Studies, September 1973

1 Cor 7:10-15: A Basis for Future Catholic Discipline on Marriage and Divorce? By Brian Byron in Theological Studies, September 1973

When Is Marriage a Sacrament? By Edward J. Kilmartin in Theological Studies, June 1973

Christian Marriage: Contract or Covenant? By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, December 1972

Christian Marriage: Contract or Covenant? By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, December 1972

Marriage and Celibacy in the Service of the Church By James J. Mulligan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1969

The Biblical Theology of Divorce By Bruce Vawter in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

Divorce and Psychosocial Change By Joseph Deuel Sullivan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

The History of the Indissolubility of Marriage By Anthony J. Bevilacqua in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

The Catholic Marriage A Handbook Book by William A. Lynch, M.D., 1966

Christ and Divorce By Thomas V. Fleming in Theological Studies, March 1963

The sacramental grace of matrimony By James M. Egan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1956

The Predicition of Success or Failure in Forced Marriages By John L. Thomas in Theological Studies, March 1952

The Catholic doctrine on the ends of marriage By Francis J. Connell in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1946

Finality, Love, Marriage By Bernard J. F. Lonergan in Theological Studies, December 1943

Marriage: Its Meaning and Purposes By John C. Ford in Theological Studies, September 1942

The Indissolubility of Christian Marriage By J. P. Haran in Theological Studies, June 1941

The new church law on matrimony Dissertation by Rev. Joseph J. C. Petrovits, Catholic University of America, 1919

Marriage legislation in the new code of canon law Book by H. A. Ayrinhac, SS, 1918

Christ's teaching concerning divorce in the New Testament: An Exegetical Stury Book by Francis E. Gigot, SS, 1912

Betrothment and Marriage: A Canonical and Theological Treatise with Notices on History and Civil Law Book by Alois de Smet, 1912

The Teaching of the New Testament and of the Church Regarding Divorce, II By H. Pope, OP. Scroll to page 51. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 29, From January to October, 1904

The Teaching of the New Testament and of the Church Regarding Divorce By Hugh Pope, OP. Scroll to page 807. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 28, From January to October, 1903

Matrimony Baltimore Catechism, 1885

St. Thomas Aquinas: The Summa Theologica on Matrimony
  • The sacrament of Matrimony as directed to an office of nature
  • Matrimony as a sacrament
  • Matrimony with regard to the betrothal
  • The definition of Matrimony
  • The marriage consent considered in itself
  • The consent to which an oath or carnal intercourse is appended
  • Compulsory and conditional consent
  • The object of the consent
  • The marriage goods
  • The impediments of marriage, in general
  • The impediment of error
  • The impediment of the condition of slavery
  • The impediment of vows and orders
  • The impediment of consanguinity
  • The impediment of affinity
  • The impediment of spiritual relationship
  • Legal relationship, which is by adoption
  • The impediments of impotence, spell, frenzy or madness, incest and defective age
  • Disparity of worship as an impediment to marriage
  • Wife-murder
  • The impediment to marriage, arising from a solemn vow
  • The impediment that supervenes to marriage after its consummation, namely fornication
  • Second marriages
  • Things annexed to marriage, and first the payment of the marriage debt
  • Plurality of wives
  • Bigamy and of the irregularity contracted thereby
  • The bill of divorce
  • Illegitimate children



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    Catholic Engaged Encounter Information from the Archdiocese of Mobile

    The Sacrament of Matrimony From Catholic Online

    The Sacrament of Matrimony Wedding Guide From St. Patrick's Basilica in Ottawa, Ontario

    The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony The actual text of the ceremony as performed in the Coptic Orthodox Church

    Matrimony The perspective of the Greek Orthodox Church

    Marriage: "They Shall Be One Flesh" An article taken from And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible, by Ronald L. Ecker

    Marriage Annulment and the Procedures of the Tribunal From the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia

    Marriage Annulment Information From the Archdiocese of Boston

    Marriage and Divorce Papyri of the Ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish World A collection of papyri from 4th C BCE to 4th C CE



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