Faith/Spirituality Forum: "Senatizing" (sp?) a Marriage

Senatizing (sp?) a Marriage QUESTION from R. Bailey on April 18, 2002 The priest who celebrates Noon Mass for us where I work spoke of the possibility of having my irregular marriage senatized (senetized? cenetized? sanitized?); are you famliar with this term and it's appropriate application?
+pax et bonum Bob Bailey
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on May 18, 2002 Dear Mr. Bailey:
I think the word used was sanatized.
Sanation is a retroactive validation of a marriage that was invalid due to some impediment, lack of canonical form, or defect of consent.
If the reason for the past invalidation is no longer active and the original consent of the marriage partners still exists, a sanation can be granted. This means that the marriage is now considered valid retroactively to the time of consent.
In other words, sanatation take your marriage that may have had some defect in the past that no longer exists and declares your marriage valid from the beginning retroactively.
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