No Marriage Without Social Security

No Marriage Without Social Security April 28, 2008

My girlfriend sent this story to me that she heard on NPR.  Evidently Alabama’s decade’s old law against marrying people who don’t have a social security card is now being enforced.  This places the Catholic Church in a bind because according to Canon Law people have the right to access the Sacraments.

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  • ben

    In Denver, we have long had one parish where the rules are different concerning the normal “civic” requirements that usually go along with certain sacraments. The Church will always provide baptism to those without a birth certificate and matrimony for those whom applying for the civil license could mean deportation.

    The right to the sacraments is more important than the civil laws. I would imagine that there are such parishes in most diocese to accomodate extraordinary needs.

  • Morning’s Minion

    I think it’s time that we have a cleaner separation between the sacrament and civil law– for a whole host of reasons.

  • Some of the Canons specific to this:
    Can. 1071 §1. Except in a case of necessity, a person is not to assist without the permission of the local ordinary at:
    2/ a marriage which cannot be recognized or celebrated according to the norm of civil law;

    Can. 1130 For a grave and urgent cause, the local ordinary can permit a marriage to be celebrated secretly.

    Can. 1131 Permission to celebrate a marriage secretly entails the following:

    1/ the investigations which must be conducted before the marriage are done secretly;

    2/ the local ordinary, the one assisting, the witnesses, and the spouses observe secrecy about the marriage celebrated.

    Can. 1132 The obligation of observing the secrecy mentioned in ⇒ can. 1131, n. 2 ceases on the part of the local ordinary if grave scandal or grave harm to the holiness of marriage is imminent due to the observance of the secret; this is to be made known to the parties before the celebration of the marriage.

    Can. 1133 A marriage celebrated secretly is to be noted only in a special register to be kept in the secret archive of the curia.

  • TeutonicTim

    “I think it’s time that we have a cleaner separation between the sacrament and civil law– for a whole host of reasons.”

    Interesting comment from one who advocates government control of nearly everything.

  • “I think it’s time that we have a cleaner separation between the sacrament and civil law– for a whole host of reasons.”

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