Of the Marriage Consent Considered in Itself
In the next place we have to consider the consent; and the first point to discuss is the consent considered in itself; the second is the consent confirmed by oath or by carnal intercourse; the third is compulsory consent and conditional consent; and the fourth is the object of the consent.Under the first head there are five points of inquiry:
- Whether the consent is the efficient cause of matrimony?
- Whether the consent needs to be expressed in words?
- Whether consent given in words expressive of the future makes a marriage?
- Whether consent given in words expressive of the present, without inward consent, makes a true marriage outwardly?
- Whether consent given secretly in words expressive of the present makes a marriage?