"Ne Temere" decree

An important article of matrimonial law, issued by Pope Pius X, which went into effect at Easter, 1908. It extended to the whole world the "Tametsi" Decree of the Council of Trent in a modified form. It does not affect the marriages of non-Catholics who have never been Catholics, but does affect Catholics who have fallen away from their faith. The decree takes its name from its opening words, signifying "Lest rashly...." Its principal features are as follows:

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