For a grave and urgent cause, the local ordinary can permit a marriage to be celebrated secretly.
Permission to celebrate a marriage secretly entails the following:
1. the investigations which must be conducted before the marriage are done secretly;
2. the local ordinary, the one assisting, the witnesses, and the spouses observe secrecy about the marriage celebrated.
The obligation of observing the secrecy mentioned in can. 1131,
n. 2 ceases on the part of the local ordinary if grave scandal or grave harm to the holiness of marriage is imminent due to the observance of the secret; this is to be made known to the parties before the celebration of the marriage.
A marriage celebrated secretly is to be noted only in a special register to be kept in the secret archive of the curia.
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