Kelly asked:

Does God recognize a Protestant marriage?

Fr. Paul Keller replied:

"God creates marriage in the book of Genesis. We know this when he created Adam and Eve. He also created the institution of marriage. We refer to that as a natural marriage. The difference between natural marriage and a Catholic or Christian marriage ... In a Christian marriage who are married to each other, the man and the women are both baptized. So the thing the makes a marriage a Christian marriage is that both of the partners the man and the woman are both baptized. Otherwise the Catholic church refers to these marriages as natural marriages, referring back to Genesis, when God made marriage ... Does God recognize Protestant marriage? In the sense that if the two people are baptized, yes. It would be considered a sacramental marriage."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 19, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Fr. Paul Keller

Question appeared in show: 2:08

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