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Title: No Sacramentality of Marriage Without Faith
Author(s): ÖRSY, Ladislas
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 8 Issue: 1 Date: Spring 2002
The question whether faith is necessary to receive the sacrament is on the minds of many: of pastors who must decide if a couple is qualified to marry, of judges who must pronounce on the issue of validity, of theologians to whom pastors and judges turn for counsel. That is, the problem is not merely a theoretical one to be debated in a leisurely way. It has the urgency that concrete life situations alone can create. The fact is that there are many persons who received baptism, hence are Christians to that extent, but who have no faith in the Christian mysteries, hence are unbelievers to that extent. The question is, what should the Church do if they wish to marry in Catholic form? Should the Church grant them the opportunity to give and receive the sacraments mutually? Are they qualified to do so?