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Pointing to the fundamental nature of such preaching in Innocent's ecclesiology, in his treatise on marriage he had likewise cited Matthew 10:27 ("that which I tell you in the dark, speak in the light"), this time in defense of his assertion that the "sacramental marriage" between Christ and the Church--the Church's very essence--"was not to be secret, but manifest to all": "Sacramentale conjugium noluit esse clandestinum, sed omnibus manifestum.
When at 1 Tim 3:2 it is said that a bishop should have but one wife, Pope Leo I understood "wife" as a reference to Christ himself, effecting between them a conjugium spirituale.
Jam tunc enim in sacerdotibus figurabatur Christi et ecclesiae spirituale conjugium.