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By Pope Benedict XIV   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Since the matrimonial contract was instituted by God, inasmuch as it is a natural institution whose aim is the education of the offspring and the conservation of the other benefits of marriage, it is suitable that it be perpetual and indissoluble (Matth. XIX. 6).  Inasmuch as it is a Sacrament of the Catholic Church, it can never be dissolved by human presumption: Our Lord so ordained it Himself with these words: “What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.”  Now We have been informed that in some ecclesiastical chanceries, this bond has been broken through the excessive compliance of the judges; sentences of nullity of matrimony have been issued rashly and without due consideration and liberty has been given to married couples to contract other marriages.  It would have been fitting for these imprudent judges to have heeded the warning that came to them from the very qualities of human nature and, in a certain sense, even from its very voice not to violate with such precipitate audacity the bond of holy matrimony; a bond that the first parent of the human race declared perpetual and indissoluble when he declared: ‘This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh,’ and when he added: ‘Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh’ (Gen. II. 23-24).” – from the  Apostolic Constitution Dei Miseratione (1741)

 
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