Is a mixed racial
marriage the same as a mixed marriage?
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No. A mixed
marriage refers to a marriage in which one party is Catholic and the other party
is not Catholic. Mixed marriages may present grave dangers to the spouse and to
here for some examples) and are undesirable/prohibited – in contrast,
racially mixed marriages in which both parties are Catholic do NOT present these
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"... grieving very much that there are among Catholics those who, becoming
shamefully deranged by a mad love, do not wholeheartedly abhor and think that
they should refrain from these detestable [mixed] marriages which Holy Mother
Church has continually condemned and interdicted, and praising greatly the zeal
of those bishops, who, by proposing severe penalties, endeavor to restrain
Catholics from uniting themselves to heretics in this sacrilegious bond, His
Holiness encourages, exhorts, and advises seriously and gravely all bishops,
vicars apostolic, parish priests, missionaries, and every other faithful
minister of God and of the Church who reside in those regions, to deter, in so
far as they can, Catholics of both sexes from entering into marriages of this
kind to the destruction of their own souls, and to make it their business to
avert in every good way and efficaciously to hinder these same marriages." (Pope
Benedict XIV, "Matrimonia, quae in locis", 1741 A.D.)
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