Catholic Dictionary




The mental acceptance of a particular judgment as true. Assent is essentially internal, but it may also be manifested externally by some verbal expression or sign. Since the Church is a visible institution, her members must give not only internal but also external assent to her teachings. And in the reception of some of the sacraments, external assent must be given, for example, some sensibly perceptible sign of accepting one's partner in matrimony. (Etym. Latin assensus, agreement, assent, especially on the part of the mind, approval.)