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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.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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