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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE MEANING OF
RATUM ET CONSUMMATUM
IN THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE.


Q. 1. Can you explain to me the meaning of the term "ratum et consummatum" in relationship to the Sacrament of Marriage?

A. 1. A valid marriage between two baptized persons is called "ratum et consummatum" when the spouses have consummated the marriage through a natural sexual act. According to Canon Law, unnatural sexual acts do not constitute a valid consummation (natural sexual act).

Canon Law # 1061 1. "A valid marriage between the baptized is called ratum tantum if it has not been consummated; it is called ratum et consummatum if the spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one flesh."




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