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title pic The Civil and Canonical Marriage – Roman Catholic Disposition

Posted by admin on June 24, 2012

The Roman Catholic teachings now encourage couples to contract both the civil as well as the canonical marriage because the well being of society and the church is founded on the well being of families and the well being of the families is founded on stable marriages.

Therefore, the couple’s mutual love must be regulated and assisted by the society through the civil marriage and by the church through the Sacrament of Matrimony.

This disposition of the Catholic Church is interwoven into the fabric of civil law and the law applied uniformly to Filipinos except for Muslim Filipinos.

Unlike before, civil marriage was frowned upon by church officials and that to undergo into it is a “mortal sin” as decreed by Vatican, Rome.    With the evolving minds and the constant realities of present changes from the standard norms, the acceptance of the church to the nature of civil marriage is indeed well appreciated.

Though the church and state affairs are independent as provided by the country’s constitution, it is still a fact that any person residing in the country are still guided by the supreme law of the land.   And the church or temples of any religious denominations are not above or exempted by the provisions of the constitution.

In all intents and purpose, the ecclesiastical power could no longer ignore the legitimacy and validity of civil partnerships as performed by the state, in which case the latter is no longer an obstacle to a legal celebration of the canonical marriage.   The amended section under the Civil Code of the Philippines, Chapter III entitled Marriage to the Family Code of the Philippines as promulgated on July 6, 1987, is now relevant and specific to allow ecclesiastics to recognize civil marriages.

So, in the Philippines, the Sacrament of Marriage incorporates also the Civil Marriage in accordance to the prescribed formalities.

The Code of Cannon Law; Canon 1055 states; that the marriage covenant, by which man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life and which of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between the baptized, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

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