- Nov 9, 2012
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- PA, USA
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/04/08/the-catholic-church-didnt-even-consider-marriage-a-sacrament-for-centuries/The Catholic Church did not make marriage a sacrament until the 13th century, and only began to enforce strict religious conformity in marriage in the 16th century — in part as a reaction to criticism from Protestants that Catholics were insufficiently enthusiastic about the institution.
Does anyone know what the article is referencing? What happened in the 13th century that supposedly made marriage a sacrament? When is marriage first discussed as a sacrament by the Church fathers?