PIUS VII 1800-1823

The Indissolubility of Marriage *


[From the Brief to Charles of Dalberg, Archbishop of Mainz, November 8, 1803]


1600 “To the doubts proposed to him the Supreme Pontiff, among other remarks, responds”: The decision of lay tribunals and of Catholic assemblies by which the nullity of marriages is chiefly declared, and the dissolution of their bond attempted, can have no strength and absolutely no force in the sight of the Church. . . .


1601 Those pastors who would approve these nuptials by their presence and confirm them with their blessing would commit a very grave fault and would betray their sacred ministry. For they should not be called nuptials, but rather adulterous unions. . . .

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