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51. Error as an Impediment to Marriage

1. An error concerned with the persons or the particularsof a marriage is a lack of knowledge in one or both of the partiesto the contract, and therefore it is a hindrance to consent; forconsent is a knowing acceptance of a situation; one cannotenter upon a free agreement without sufficient knowledge.

2. Yet an error which can render a marriage void must bean error in essentials. If a man marries the wrong twin,being assured deceivingly that it is the right one, there is nomarriage. But if a man marries a woman who has falsely informed himabout her age, or fortune, or nationality, the marriage stands.

"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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