Of the Marriage Consent Considered in Itself

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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:

  1. Whether the consent is the efficient cause of matrimony?
  2. Whether the consent needs to be expressed in words?
  3. Whether consent given in words expressive of the future makes a marriage?
  4. Whether consent given in words expressive of the present, without inward consent, makes a true marriage outwardly?
  5. Whether consent given secretly in words expressive of the present makes a marriage?