Catholic-Protestant marriages recognized in Québec (9-16-41)

The Pittsburgh Press (September 16, 1941)


Montréal, Sept. 16 (UP) –
A decision of the Appellate Court today recognized the legality of marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics, affecting more than 100 annulments in Québec Province.

The decision set aside an annulment granted in 1939 by Judge Albert Forest. He had ruled that a marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant, performed by a Protestant minister without special dispensation of the Catholic Church, violated a canon law of 1908.

The Appellate Court found that a canon law of 1866, permitting mixed marriages without the Catholic Church’s consent, is supported by provisions of the civil code.