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Religious marriage[ edit ] A religious marriage without civil registration may or may not be legally binding.
Consummation is in particular relevant in a Catholic marriage. Within the Roman Catholic Churchif a matrimonial celebration takes place ratification but the spouses have not yet engaged in intercourse consummationthen the marriage is said to be a marriage ratum sed non consummatum.
Such a marriage, regardless of the reason for non-consummation, can be dissolved by the pope. Catholic canon law defines a marriage as consummated when the "spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one flesh.
This stipulation has been in recent years heavily criticized on a wide variety of grounds, ranging from the mixing of religious doctrine into secular law, to being degrading to women given its negative historical connotations of ownership of the wife.
It is not concerned with the capacity of either or both parties to procreate, still less with the ability of the parties to satisfy each other sexually during the marriage.
Whatever its origins, it is not entirely clear what modern purpose this ground serves and it is suggested that it should be dispensed with. Another concern is sexual violenceespecially since in most countries the criminalization of marital rape is recent, having occurred from the s onwards; the maintaining in law of the concept of consummation is argued to foster cultural and societal attitudes and understandings of marriage that make it more difficult to acknowledge these violations; and to be a remainder of an oppressive tradition.Our Recent Popular Posts.
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Hi Lee! I was wondering if sex before marriage is forbidden in the Bible and if it is, why? I have a hard time understanding what could be so destructive about two people who genuinely care about each other having safe sex.
Copulation ranges from a purely reproductive activity to one of emotional bonding. For example, sexual intercourse and sexual activity in general often play a strong role in human bonding.
In many societies, it is normal for couples to have sexual intercourse while using some method of birth control (contraception), sharing pleasure and .
Temporary marriage (Mut'a, marriage designated for a preset period of time) is not allowed by the majority Sunni schools, but is allowed by Shia schools. Debate continues on . While practicality does not determine right from wrong, if the Bible's message on sex before marriage were obeyed, there would be far fewer sexually transmitted diseases, far fewer abortions, far fewer unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies, and far fewer children growing up without both parents in .
A word on historical English weddings. Traditionally, in front of the church door, the groom would, in front of witnesses, announce his bride's dower--that portion (usually 1/3) of his holdings she would be allowed to use should he die before she did (she could also inherit land and property, but this was a different thing).