Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 44.

SIX VOLUMES IN ONE
BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D.
REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.
REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada
REV. STEPHEN KEENAN
REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J.
REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.

Q. Which is the sixth precept of the church ?

A. It concerns the time of celebrating marriage.

Q. When are marriages not to be solemnized, according to the precept of the church ?

A. From the first Sunday of Advent, until the Epiphany or Twelfth-Day be past: and from Ash Wednesday until Low-Sunday be past.

Q. Why is the celebration of marriage forbidden at these times ?

A. Because they are times appointed by the church for penance, prayer, or devotion, and. therefore not proper to be spent in carnal pleasures, and public feasting. This prohibition is of ancient date, and confirmed by the council of Trent ;* and is agreeable to the advice of the holy Scriptures.

*Sess. 24. Decrt. de Reform. Matri. Cap. x. See Joel xi. 16, et 1 Cor. vii 5, et 1 Pet iii. 7.

Q. Are there no exceptions ?

A. Yes, when there is danger of scandal, or a foreign long journey to be taken, etc. But then the marriage is to be performed privately, and the reasons are to be allowed of by the superiors of the church.