(103.) 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.
Cierto es que "non videtur inter eos esse conjugium
, sed culpa venial is est quantum ad ignorantem, et criminal is quantum ad scientem" (87).
Yet, there is more, and here we come back to the claim that family life is based on marriage: the unique fellowship that is marriage makes it the kind of bond (conjugium
) inherently fulfilled and expanded by the procreation and raising of children.
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
The fictional Pedro is joined by Vives, Erasmus, Lady Julia (a character based on Eulalia, the model wife of Erasmus' 1523 dialogue, Conjugium
), Lady Isabella (Julia's daughter and the principal speaker of the second half of the dialogue), and others.