It was chiefly in the way of matrimonial alliances that it was brought into contact with other states.
The matrimonial cause between Henry VIII.
His father set him on to demand the crown matrimonial, which would at least have assured to him the rank and station of independent royalty for life.
To his next and last interposition in the matrimonial affairs of the king no discredit attaches itself.
Hence, even in countries where the Roman Church is established, such as Belgium, Italy, the Catholic states of Germany and cantons of Switzerland, most of the Latin republics of America, and the province of Quebec, and a fortiori where this Church is not established, there is now no discipline over the laity, except penitential, and no jurisdiction exercised in civil suits, except possibly the matrimonial questions of princes (of which there was an example in the case of the reigning prince of Monaco).