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Roger Howe wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a question about a couple who got married in the Catholic Church (both were Catholics).

Very soon after the wedding, the wife began using the threat of exiting the marriage during arguments. The wife stated, soon after the marriage . . . and still continues to this day to say, that the wedding vows were never absolute for her. She has threatened to commit adultery and also has expressed differing desires about having children — insisting on limiting the total number to only one. She has also threatened to abort a fetus which was considered at risk of having a physical defect.

Under these circumstances, the husband is upset and confused and is questioning whether the marriage was ever valid.

Roger

  { Under these circumstances and, based on what she has told him, is this marriage still valid? }

Eric replied:

Roger,

We are not canon lawyers and cannot anticipate the judgment of a tribunal, but I think the husband's concerns are quite valid.

She has expressed more than one value — considered essential — to a valid marriage (a willingness to be open to children and the permanence of marriage).

He should speak to a priest and document everything that is going on (and get witnesses).

Eric

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