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Bobbi wrote:

Hi, guys —

I belong to a Catholic e-mail group. We've been discussing what has been termed as
"celibate marriage". I always understood that a valid sacramental marriage had to be open to life. Even in the traditional Catholic vows, the question is asked of the couple if they will accept children from God.

  • So, is there such a thing as a married couple, who can also be consecrated virgins?
  • Is this kind of marriage valid in the Church?

I've read that St. Augustine addressed this issue and saw this kind of marriage as a greater good for the soul.

Thanks!

Bobbi

  { Is there such a thing as a married couple, who can also be consecrated virgins? }

Paul replied:

Bobbi,

You are right in acknowledging that openness to children is a requisite for a valid marriage.

My understanding is, however, that in a rare instance in which both parties of a marriage agree to both enter religious life they may do so, if they practice celibacy while remaining in the married state.

Maybe my colleagues know a little more about this anomaly.

Paul

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