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61. Solemn Vows as Impediment

1. A person who has contracted marriage validly (and thushas had his marriage ratified) and has also performed themarital act (thus making the ratified marriage aconsummated marriage) is bound to the married state oflife, and cannot, without the free consent of his spouse, leave itto enter religion and take solemn vows in an order.

2. Yet if the marriage is ratified only, and notconsummated, a spouse may leave it and enter religion, takingsolemn vows, whether the other spouse consents or not. For untilmarriage is consummated, only a spiritual bond exists between thespouses; by consummation, a carnal bond is established, and thespouses are thenceforth really two in one flesh, Now, a purelyspiritual bond may be dissolved by the spiritual death which aperson undergoes in dying to the world by taking solemn vows inreligion. But the carnal bond is not dissolved so.

3. When a spouse, after a ratified but not consummatedmarriage, takes solemn vows in religion, the other spouse is freeto marry anew. Yet all this must be subjected to the ecclesiasticalcourt for examination, judgment and official declaration of thefree status of the abandoned spouse. Otherwise, a new marriage isnot lawful.

"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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