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59. Disparity of Worship as Impediment

1. Disparity of worship exists between a baptized child ofthe Church and one who has not been baptized. It is a dirimentimpediment to marriage, by church law, and with good reason; forthe chief end of marriage is the welfare of offspring. Parentsdivided upon the basic truth of life cannot well concur in theproper education of children, that is, cannot rightly attend to thewelfare of their offspring.

2. Unbaptized persons can be validly married to eachother.

3. A husband, converted to the faith and baptized, doeswell to remain with his wife even if she be unwilling to beconverted also.

4. But if the nonbaptized spouse will not live in peacewith the converted and baptized spouse, or live without offendingGod and doing spiritual harm to the baptized party, then theconvert-spouse (who by baptism died to his former life and wasreborn in Christ) may put away the unbaptized spouse as no longerhis true and validly married mate. This fact is known fromscripture (I Cor. 7:12-15).

5. Once the free status of such a spouse (who puts awayhis mate for reasons given above) is officially established bydecision of the ecclesiastical tribunal, he can marry anew.

6. No other cause than unbelief and recalcitrance in theprecise circumstances mentioned can nullify a marriage, and nocause can nullify a valid marriage between Catholics.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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