Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Concerning the Declarations and Promises of the Catholic Party for a Mixed Marriage, January 1998.


In accordance with the prescriptions of cc. 1125 and 1126 of the Code of Canon Law concerning the declarations and promises required of the Catholic Party, in view of obtaining the permission of the local Ordinary for a mixed marriage, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that:

14. The Catholic party must first declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of falling away from the Catholic faith (see. c. 1125, 1º).

15. The Catholic party, after discussing the matter with the other party, is also to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power to have the children born of the marriage baptised and brought up in the Catholic Church (see. C. 1125, 1º).

16. The promises required by the Catholic party shall be made orally in the presence of the parish priest or his delegate who conducts the pre-nuptial enquiry and this fact is recorded on the pre-nuptial enquiry form; the presence of witnesses is not necessary. The non-Catholic party is to be informed in good time of these promises and of the Catholic party’s obligation (see c. 1125, 2º).

17. The celebration of a mixed marriage cannot be authorised I those cases where it is clearly evident that the Catholic party is not sincere in making the promises or refuses to make them (see c. 1125)

18. In order to obtain authorization to proceed with the marriage, the parish priest of the Catholic party or his delegate shall assure the local Ordinary in writing that the promises have been made and that the non-Catholic party has been properly informed (see c. 1126).

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19. The same promises must be made by the Catholic party when the proposed partner is of a non-Christian faith or of no faith at all, before the dispensation from disparity of worship which is required for the validity of the marriage can be granted (see c. 1086, §2).




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur, 2004): 1784.