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Join me on a Pilgrimage to Rome and Italy November 2012
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From 2002-2004 lived two years in Rome and completed a license in Canon Law. So yes, I am a Canon Lawyer too.
1628 The consent must be an act of the will of each of the contracting parties, free of coercion or grave external fear. (Cf. can. 1103) No human power can substitute for this consent. (Cf. can. 1057 #1) If this freedom is lacking the marriage is invalid.
1629 For this reason (or for other reasons that render the marriage null and void) the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage, i.e., that the marriage never existed. (Cf. cann. 1095-1107) In this case the contracting parties are free to marry, provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged.
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