Quiz: True or False: Catholic Marriage Edition
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True or False: Catholic Marriage Edition
By: Cammy Pedroja
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About This Quiz

Devout Catholics believe they have a lot to gain by following the laws of their religion, namely, entrance into heaven. Sounds pretty good, right? Still, even among believers, not everybody has what it takes to live by a stringent set of religious requirements. The Catholic church takes the sacrament of marriage pretty seriously, for example, so naturally, there are quite a few rules to follow when a Catholic person wants to get hitched.

Catholicism teaches that performing the sacraments (basically rituals assigned by Jesus Christ) is the best way to connect with the grace of God from down here on Earth. And in that vein, the sacrament of matrimony allows a devout couple to enter into a “covenant” or special spiritual agreement with God while they are here on Earth. It's similar to their idea that through baptism, the spirit of God enters the body through holy water. But does that mean just any couple can enter into a true sacramental marriage? Nope! 

The church has a very specific set of rules and requirements for couples to follow if they want to have a “valid” or "sacramental" Catholic marriage. So, do you think you know what it takes to gain entry into the sacrament of matrimony? Test your knowledge with these true or false questions to see if you truly know your Catholic marriage facts, or if you could use a little refresher on the rulebook.


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Catholics are not permitted to marry non-Catholics.
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A Catholic and a Quaker cannot marry each other inside a Catholic church.
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A Catholic person must ask permission from the pope to marry a non-Catholic Christian.
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If a couple is living together before marriage, they can't have a Catholic ceremony in a church.
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A Catholic wedding can be held someplace other than a church, as long as the priest is Catholic.
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Catholics believe sacramental marriage is better than natural marriage.
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The Catholic church will sometimes grant marriages between two first cousins with special permission.
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Catholics believe marriage is an agreement between two people, and not the business of the rest of their community.
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A second marriage is only possible in the Catholic church if the previous marriage ended in the spouse’s death.
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Catholics sometimes call marriage the “sacrament of sex.”
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Catholics may not write their own wedding vows.
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A man who is totally impotent can’t enter into a Catholic marriage.
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Someone who knows they are sterile (unable to reproduce) can’t enter into a Catholic marriage.
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In countries with legal gay marriage, the Catholic church allows same-sex marriage.
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Couples who don't want children can’t have a "valid" Catholic wedding.
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Catholics believe God gave humans marriage, love and sex.
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Even if same-sex couples can't be married in a Catholic church, their marriage is still legally recognized by Catholics.
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Rudy Giuliani had his Roman Catholic marriage to his first wife annulled by the church.
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The Catholic church requires marriage-prep classes before you tie the knot.
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The content of Catholic marriage-prep classes is the same worldwide.
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Catholic marriages require more than double the forms and documentation of an average civil marriage.
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Catholic marriages can't be annulled if they've already been consummated.
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Temporary insanity could be considered a valid cause for an annulment.
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One spouse wanting to use birth control is grounds for annulment.
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Even in the Old Testament days, Catholicism forbade plural marriage (one husband with multiple wives).
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Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is an example of a famous and devout celebrity in a Catholic marriage.
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Pope Francis once said that most Catholic marriages are actually invalid.
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The average age for a first marriage among Catholics is 18.
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Divorce may be forbidden, but annulments are relatively easy to get.
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Just as with some other religions, like Mormonism, Catholics believe marriage is forever, and continues in the afterlife.
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Catholics who get a civil divorce will be excommunicated.
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Catholic priests can never be married.
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Pope Francis has said he is open to allowing married Catholics to become priests.
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Pope Francis has suggested that he's open to allowing women to become Catholic priests.
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There's a group of women who claim to be Catholic priests, even though the Vatican doesn't accept them.
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