Understanding the Catholic Annulment Process

The Catholic annulment process is not well known nor understood. It can be a source of concern or even fear when people consider the effect of an annulment on their children. Once understood, however, it can be seen as a true blessing. This little book explains it all clearly.

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The Catholic annulment process is not well known nor understood. It can be a source of concern or even fear when people consider the effect of an annulment on their children. Once understood, however, it can be seen as a true blessing. This little book explains it all clearly.

UNDOING THE “I DO”The Sacrament of Marriage and the Annulment Process

Ida Iris Miranda
Paper, $16.95
96 pages, 5½” x 8½”
ISBN 0-89390-550-X

This practical and pastoral guide includes the history and theology of marriage as well as the rationale, samples of various forms, and pastoral issues of the annulment process.

If you are a parish priest or pastoral minister, especially one involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, you frequently have need to explain the church’s annulment process. There are many misconceptions and questions concerning this process. How is it possible that a church which does not allow divorce, will grant an annulment? What is the difference between divorce and an annulment? What is the difference between a legal, a civil, and a sacramental marriage? Of what does the annulment process consist? How difficult is it? How long will it take? Will the children born in this marriage become illegitimate?

This book explains this and much more in easy to understand language which is informative and comforting to the parishioner who is examining the possibility of an annulment. It contains samples of the forms for petitions, including the “Lack of Form,” “Pauline Privilege,” and “Petrine Privilege.” It explains “convalidation” and answers the question, “What can I do if my annulment request is refused?”

Of course, the parishioner will want to meet with the pastor or other minister to ask questions and to work through the process. This book is something they can take home to help clarify answers, or refresh their minds on answers they forgot or did not completely understand. In the calm and privacy of their own homes they can take a more leisurely look at the answers to their questions and prayerfully examine their options.