• Jose Marattil Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth, Kerala
Keywords: impediment, Catholic faith,, dispensation


Fr. Jose Marattil explains canonically what a mixed marriage is and what are the legal requirements and conditions for realizing it. In canon law, “mixed marriage” refers to a sacramental marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic. Such marriages are prohibited without the prior permission of the competent ecclesiastical authority. He also discusses which is the competent authority that can grant this permission and based on what ground. Evaluating the new as well as the old norms and regulations in the Catholic Church on mixed
marriage, the author exposes the three conditions the Catholic party has to fulfil before entering into such a marriage. He also highlights in comparison with the old code the changes that the new legislation has brought to regulate the mixed marriage. The article also examines how the new legislation considers the non-Catholic party in such a marriage, whether this is binding him/her, what is the intention of the declaration of the Catholic party.

Author Biography

Jose Marattil, Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth, Kerala

Jose Marattil was ordained priest in 1990 in the Eparchy of Idukki, Kerala.
He served in the eparchy as pastor; Promoter of Justice and the Defender of
the Bond of the Eparchial Tribunal (2003-2006); Chancellor and Secretary to
the Bishop (2010-2015). He holds licentiate in Oriental Canon Law (DVK -
Bangalore, 2003), Doctorate in Canon Law (Saint Paul University, Ottawa,
2010) and PhD in Canon Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Since
2010 he has also been a Judge in the Eparchial Tribunal, Idukki. Right now, he
is a resident faculty of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth, Kerala,
teaching canon law. He has published articles on canonical issues in various
canon law journals.