31 July 2009

Weekend Kneeler Jeopardy

Last week we didn't have a Jeopardy winner, so the prestige of being the first to receive the coveted WNJ award is still up for grabs.

Category: The Sacraments

This "permission" is what a Catholic desiring to enter into a marriage with a non-Catholic Christian would need to get from their local bishop. And, a Catholic desiring to enter into a marriage with a non-Christian would need this from their local bishop.

St. Alex says, please place your answer in the form of a question in the combox, and say a few Hail Marys while you wait for the answer to be revealed.

Demerits for using Google and other sneaky searches. Educated guesses are welcome and encouraged. Good luck!!



ArchAngel's Advocate said...

What is a "dispensation"?

Unknown said...

Dang it! A guy's gotta get up a lot earlier these days to win at St. Alex's.

But I have an example.

Being a genealogist teaches one wondrous things.

My Polish greatgrandfather, Jan Marszalkiewicz, and his brother, Andrzej, immigrated to Duluth in 1872

There they settled down, married and raised a battalion of children with their sister, Anna, who came over in 1875. Something like 53 between the three of them.

Does that win a prize?

Anyhow, Andrzej's (Andrew's) first wife died in January of 1890 when there were still very young children at home, and the old man was only 48 and still feeling frisky.

So Andrew set about searching for a young wife but couldn't find any 90s gals (that's 1890s) who would do so he sent for one who was still in Poland (actually Prussia but I won't bore you with the details).

She happened to be the sister of the wife of Andrew's oldest son. That was a prohibited relationship (One can't have a wife who makes your daughter-in-law into a sister-in-law. I don't how that reads in Latin).

Anyhow they had to get a dispensation (AA is correct) from the Bish, John McGolrick who was pretty new at the job, Duluth only have been a diocese since 1889. [Before that it was part of an Apostolic Vicariate, Swissy, so don't ask that question, I already know the answer.]

After assiduous searching, all I found was a sheet of paper in the files that says only "ego dispenso."

Gee, I had cleaned off a space on my wall for the plaque. I'll have to set my alarm early for next Friday.

swissmiss said...

You guys really think I'd give you such an easy one as plain ol' dispensation? I need the actual name of the dispensation!! The first one doesn't even have dispensation in its name...may not even technically be a dispensation.

Ray: Your family is pretty interesting :) On my mom's side, I have a ggg grandparents that came over from Ireland. They had 16 children, 12 survived the famine and immigrated with them. Those 12 had 77 children that survived them (your seem to have had more per person!!!). Both my grandparents on my mom's side are one of ten children. My grandfather used to tell my grandmother that she was related to every dog in the county (St. Croix, WI) because of all the offspring of those kids also went on to have large families of their own.

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

Picky, picky, picky. Unfortunately I re"searched" the terminology so I must remain silent or incur "the Wrath of the Alex"

Unknown said...

St. Alex's functionary is a hard taskmaster. Vincenzo is going to be quite upset when nobody ever gets to win one of his gorgeous medallions.

Embarrassment sometimes work, AA.

Anonymous said...

I know this one! dh had to obtain both a Dispensation from canonical form AND a Disparity of worship when he (the Roman Catholic) married me (the non-practicing Episcopalian) in the Episcopalian Church. A good friend is a priest who refused to come to the wedding unless we did it properly. It sure made things easier when I converted!

swissmiss said...

We have a winner!!!!!!!!!!!

The first one is (technically) Permission to enter into a mixed marriage and the second one is a Dispensation from disparity of cult (but worship sounds more PC).

Anonymous feel free to copy the WNJ award and plaster it where ever you see fit!! Compliments of Vincenzo.

Sorry AA and Ray. I guess with you both being wild and crazy single guys, you wouldn't necessarily know a question like this ;-} There's always next week.