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The Sacrament of Holy Order and Matrimony

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  1. What is the Sacrament of Holy Order?

Holy Order is the Sacrament by which bishops, priests, and other ministers of the Church are ordained, and receive power and grace to perform their sacred duties.

Matrimony


  1. What is the Sacrament of Matrimony ?

Matrimony is the Sacrament which sanctifies the contract of a Christian marriage, and gives a special grace to those who receive it worthily.

  1. What special grace does the Sacrament of Matrimony give to those who receive it worthily?

The Sacrament of Matrimony gives to those who receive it worthily a special grace, to enable them to bear the difficulties of their state, to love and be faithful to one another, and to bring up their children in the fear of God.

  1. Is it a sacrilege to contract marriage in serious sin, or in disobedience to the law of the Church?

It is sacrilege to contract marriage in serious sin, or in disobedience to the laws of the Church, and, instead of a blessing, the guilty parties draw upon themselves the anger of God. (For the marriage of a Catholic to be valid there must be present (1) either the Bishop or the Parish Priest, or another Priest duly delegated, and (2) two witnesses).

  1. What is a ‘mixed marriage’?

A ‘mixed marriage’ is a marriage in which only one partner is a Catholic.

  1. Does the Church encourage mixed marriages?

The Church does not encourage mixed marriages.

  1. Does the Church sometimes permit mixed marriages?

The Church sometimes permits mixed marriages by granting a dispensation, and under special conditions.

311a. What does the Catholic partner of a mixed marriage promise?

The Catholic partner of a mixed marriage promises to do everything possible to preserve the faith and have all children of the marriage baptised and brought up in the Catholic Church.

  1. Can any human power dissolve the bond of marriage?

No human power can dissolve the bond of marriage, because Christ has said: ‘What God has joined together, let no man put asunder’. (Mat]. 19:6)

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