Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her… “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5: 25, 31-32
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves an intimate communion of life and love, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. The Sacrament of Marriage signifies the union of Christ and the Church. The grace of this sacrament perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble union, and sanctifies them on the journey to the kingdom of God. Husband and wife help one another attain holiness in their married life. Christ gives them strength to take up their crosses and follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, and to love one another with tender and fruitful love. Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to sacramental marriage.
Divorce separates what God has joined together. Separated and divorced Catholics are not separated from the Church. Remarried couples from a living, lawful spouse stand in need of pursuing a possible annulment of the original union. An annulment attempts to prove the absence of the sacramentality of the union. Remarried Catholics (with their first spouse still living) are encouraged to participate at Mass, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They are obliged to educate their children in the Catholic faith.
Catechism of the Catholic Church Numbers 1660-1665
In the Latin tradition, the spouses are the ministers of Christ’s grace mutually conferred upon each other in the sacrament of Matrimony. The Church holds the consent between the spouses as the indispensable element that makes the marriage. The marriage is based on the free consent of the spouses so they may live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. It is fitting that this sacrament be celebrated publicly in a church, before a priest (or a witness authorized by the Catholic Church), two witnesses, and the assembly of believers.
Catechism of the Catholic Church Numbers 1623, 1626, 1662, 1663
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