Dear Father | Historical context on civil, Church rules on marriage
Submitted on January 25, 2011
Father John Dietzen | Catholic News Service
Question:How does the role of the Church differ from that of the government regarding marriage? Why do we need both government and Church approval?
Fr. Dietzen's answer:Most countries, certainly all developed nations, have well-established regulations about who can get married (obviously a minimum age is one factor), under what conditions and who is authorized legally to witness marriages.
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