INNOCENT III 1198-1216


The Dissolubility of Valid Marriage by Religious Profession *


[From the letter “Ex parte tua” to Andrew, the Archbishop of Lyons, Jan. 12, 1206]


409 Unwilling to depart suddenly on this point from the footsteps of our predecessors who, on being consulted, responded that before marriage has been consummated by sexual intercourse, it is permitted for one of the parties, even without consulting the remaining one, to pass over to religion, so that the one left can henceforth legitimately marry another; we advise you that this must be observed.