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MATRIMONII SACRAMENTUM

Instruction of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on mixed marriages. The first of two historic documents that changed many aspects of the Church's attitude toward marriages in which a Catholic marries someone who is not a Catholic. Among other normative provisions, the excommunication was lifted for marrying before a Protestant minister (March 18, 1966).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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