Is convalidation just a blessing of our existing union?
No, convalidation requires that a new, free act of consent be made. In order for a valid Catholic marriage to come about, both parties must be capable of marrying, give their free consent, and follow canonical form.
- To be capable of marriage, both parties must be emotionally mature, psychologically stable, physically capable, and free from all impediments. The priest will help you determine if there are any impediments.
- Consent involves the free commitment to a lifelong, exclusive marriage that is open to children. Consent makes marriage: “The consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between persons qualified by law, makes marriage” (1057, §1).
- Canonical form requires that vows be exchanged in the presence of a bishop, priest or deacon and two witnesses according to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. Special permission is required for Catholics to marry in a place other than their parish church.
How do we get started?
Contact our office for more information.