INNOCENT XII, 1691-1700


Matrimony as a Contract and a Sacrament *


[Reply of the Holy Office to Mission. Capucc., July 23, 1698]


5006 Whether matrimony between apostates from the faith and those previously rightly baptized, entered upon after the apostasy, publicly according to the custom of pagans or Mohammedans, is truly matrimony and a sacrament.


Reply: If any agreement of dissolubility be at hand, there is no matrimony and no sacrament, but if none is at hand, there is matrimony and a sacrament

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