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Since my wife has been baptized, is my marriage now sacramental?

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When my wife and I were married in the Catholic Church, I was a baptized Catholic and she was a non-practicing Jehovah’s Witness. At that time she was not baptized but she has since been baptized in the Catholic Church. Is our marriage a sacramental marriage?


Yes, your marriage is sacramental. There are two requirements for a marriage to be sacramental: (1) The marriage must be valid, and (2) both spouses must be baptized. A valid marriage may exist when one or both spouses are not baptized, but such a marriage is not sacramental. Prior to your wife’s baptism, your marriage was presumably valid but not sacramental because she was not baptized. Her baptism did not in any way invalidate your marriage so, upon her baptism: (1) Your marriage remained valid, and (2) you both were baptized. Both of the requirements for a sacramental marriage being met, your marriage became sacramental at your wife’s baptism.

The Code of Canon Law explains,

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. For this reason, a valid matrimonial contract cannot exist between the baptized without it being by that fact a sacrament. (CIC 1055)


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  1. Becky Jo Elster Reply

    Would you be able to do a Catholic apologetic, response to the “chair of Moses” spoken by Christ in St Matthew 23.

    As a convert to the Catholic Faith, I had never heard or was required to memorize this passage, from the NT. I frequently ask Protestants of various denominations, who their current NT Moses sitter(s) are/is, and can they (like the Orthodox Jews, today), historical trace these chair sitters to the first century.

    As a Bible is the sole and ONLY source of authority, Protestant I was amazed to read this passage.

    Not only does the Scriptures both OT and NT, NOT reveal which or how many writings WERE to be called Scripture, historically speaking the selection was made from sources outside of Scripture, i.e: Moses chair sitters.

    I had one Protestant tell me, that Jesus was declaring Himself as THE only chair of Moses sitter, I think he said through his reading of one of Martin Luther’s writings-book.

    I ask my Protestants friends IF the Jews decide to include the OT writings which we as Catholics, have in our OT—will they too include them?

    (It is my understanding that the Jews at the Council of Jamnia, set up the criteria of what they would include/exclude. One of the requirements being that the writings would have to be written in Hebrew. Jews at Jamnia did not reject the Books because they were false, only that the writings couldn’t be found, in Hebrew.

    The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, may change the Jewish OT table of contents, since they did discover through fragments of these writings, were written in Hebrew.

    I’m not sure if any of this information is historically correct, which is why I’m asking you to comment on this passage.

    Another object of interest to me about Matt 23, is that Jesus is speaking from oral teachings passed down concerning those who have authority from God to teach, that we are told to hear, obey and NOT reject. (we simply are not required to do as Moses sitters, when what they do, is hypocritical, to what they authoritatively, teach. I’m not aware of any Bible chapter verses from the OT that speak of the “chair” of Moses.

    You folks at Catholic Say, write fantastic articles, with great Biblical and historical backup. I save many of them.

    I had my second brain tumor removed about 6 months ago, and although neither of the tumors were cancerous, my inability to remember, anything, has been greatly reduced. Do keep me in your prayers as I continue to do therapy, etc.

    Thanks for what you do…I appreciate realizing that becoming a Catholic at the age of 14, 50 years ago June 4, 1964, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was the best decision I have made, affecting all decisions, I have made since. My parents thought it was teenage rebellion, and would be short lived, (which is why they signed the necessary paperwork, for me to be Baptized).

    God Bless
    Proud to BE Catholic
    Becky Jo Elster

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