Pope condemns covenant marriage movement
March 6, 2013 § 19 Comments
Let no one, then, be deceived by the distinction which some civil jurists have so strongly insisted upon – the distinction, namely, by virtue of which they sever the matrimonial contract from the sacrament, with intent to hand over the contract to the power and will of the rulers of the State, while reserving questions concerning the sacrament to the Church. A distinction, or rather severance, of this kind cannot be approved; for certain it is that in Christian marriage the contract is inseparable from the sacrament, and that, for this reason, the contract cannot be true and legitimate without being a sacrament as well. For Christ our Lord added to marriage the dignity of a sacrament; but marriage is the contract itself, whenever that contract is lawfully concluded. – Pope Leo XIII, Arcanum divinae sapentiae
I had it in my head that the covenant marriage movement was all about separating the legal and sacramental parts of marriage, leaving the former to the state and the latter to the Church. Upon reading the wikipedia page though I’ve concluded that I probably had a wrong impression, which makes my post title rather nonsensical and probably unfair. I’ll leave it there for the record though.