“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”84

84  CIC, can. 1055 # 1; cf. GS 48 # 1.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601

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