Saturday, 27 August 2011


Over the years I have come across many entries in  marriage registers (R.C.) here and one that I find quite confusing is the following.

"Dispensation in the 3rd and 3rd degree Consanguinity."

It obviously relates to a blood relationship and dispensation was sought to get married. Whether the rules were based on moral or for inheritance reasons I do not know. There are many rules but dispensation was often sought and in turn was given.

If you google "Consanguinity Canon Law" you will see it explained in the Catholic Encyclopedia. It still left me not fully understanding.

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