|The Sanctifying Function of the Church » The Sacraments » Marriage|
|§1 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own very
nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between the baptised, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
§2 Consequently, a valid marriage contract cannot exist between baptised persons without its being by that very fact a sacrament.
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