n.1.(Rom. Law) The marriage tie.
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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.
Cierto es que "non videtur inter eos esse conjugium, sed culpa venial is est quantum ad ignorantem, et criminal is quantum ad scientem" (87).
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.