National Conference of Catholic Bishops, General Decree Concerning Engagement for Marriage, 1 November 1999.


On November 18, 1998, the Latin Rite de iure members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved complementary legislation for canon 1062§1 of the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States.

The action was granted recognitio by the Congregation for Bishops in accord with article 82 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus and issued by decree of the Congregation for Bishops signed by His Eminence

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Lucas Cardinal Moreira Neves, Prefect, and His Excellency Most Reverend Franciscus Monterisi, Secretary, and dated September 29, 1999.

Complementary Norm: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops intends to issue no norms regarding the promise of marriage as mentioned in canon 1062 §1, without prejudice, however, to the prescriptions of canon 1062 §2 regarding an action for reparation of damages.

As President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, I hereby decree that the effective date of this decree for all the Latin Rite dioceses in the United States will be December 1, 1999.

Given at the offices of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC, on November 1, 1999.

Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza

Bishop of Galveston-Houston

President, NCCB

Reverend Monsignor Dennis M. Schnurr

General Secretary




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1797. www.usccb.org/norms