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Provida sapientique cura
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[German Version]

Provida sapientique cura, a constitution issued by Pope Pius X on Jan 18, 1906 (AAS 39, 1906, 82–84), according to which the form of marriage introduced by the Council of Trent in cases of otherwise invalid marriage (Tametsi, 1563), i.e. marriage in the presence of the Catholic parish priest and two witnesses, was declared obligatory throughout what was then the German Empire (including Hungary after 1909) only for purely Catholic marriages. Marriages of non-Catholics and confessionally mixed marriages were valid wit…

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Primetshofer, Bruno, “Provida sapientique cura”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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