The primary resource we offer is Guidance with annulment issues as Respondents go through the annulment process, primarily via email correspondence.
Two resources we most highly recommend are -
This unique publication is designed to help Respondents respond effectively and assertively in response to annulment petitions filed by their former spouses, by providing Respondents with an understanding of the annulment process conducted by the tribunals of the Catholic Church.
If you are just at the beginning of an annulment case, the first section of the guide is for you.
The guidebook has five appendices:
The Guide is registered as a non-literary work with the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. This manual is available free of charge (via an email attachment) through our not-for-profit organization, Save Our Sacrament. To obtain the appropriate section(s) and or appendices you need for your case, please contact the author, Carole Bishop, via
. Please specify which sections you are requesting.
Recommended Resources to look up on the Web
Divorce, Annulments, and the Catholic Church: Healing or Hurtful? by Richard Jenks
Til Decree Do Us Part: The Catholic Church holds traditional marriage sacred, but it's handing out annulments by the thousands... by Joan Bryden in the Walrus (Canadian magazine)
Too Many Invalid Annulments by Msgr. Clarence J. Hettinger, Homiletic and Pastoral Review. December 1993
The Annulment Mentality: What You Can Do About It
From the article: quoting a Rotal judge, Msgr. Thomas G. Doran: "Whenever, as it seems, priests of the Church of the first or second instance think that the only and better pastoral solution for reconciling the Catholic parties of any shipwrecked marriage with the Church of Christ is a process of nullity, ecclesiastical tribunals are going to receive an immense number of such cases which, although they proceed with the most sincere good will, must turn out to be absolutely useless, not to say void, since they manifestly lack any canonical foundation." ... "Eliminating the annulment mentality among those in the pews is not nearly so important as eliminating the annulment mentality among tribunalists."
Creative Avenues to Remarriage After Divorce by Msgr. Clarence J. Hettinger, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, December 1994
Marriage, Annulments, and Gobbledygook by Msgr. Clarence J. Hettinger Dec. 28, 2001
Boston-area woman confronts the Annulment process
Annulment divides divorced Catholics
The following may be accessed online as well:
"Res Judicata: annulments are never considered final"
"Annulment Procedure Under Fire in Europe": proof that civil suits CAN happen to Tribunals Internal Forum information
Pope Benedict XVI has warned Vatican judges to get tough on couples who ask the Catholic Church to annul their marriages.
The Pope ordered the clampdown after new figures showed that the church's appeals court allowed 69 annulments in 2005 for reasons which included husbands being too attached to their mothers (or not attached enough).
The court, known as the Sacra Rota, considers petitions from couples claiming their marriages were never truly valid... the Pope appeared to take a hard line on Saturday when he told the court's 20 judges to "respond with courage and faith" to "a distorted interpretation of the canonical norms in force".
"Tribunals should work quickly, defend marriage" - Pope Benedict XVI
The work of the Roman Rota is dominated by marital issues, and as he met with the official of the Vatican tribunal in a private audience, at the start of their judicial year, the Pope asked them to adhere carefully to the terms of Dignitatis Connubii, the Vatican document released in 2005 to guide the work of marriage tribunals.
Pope Benedict acknowledged the lively public discussion of the Church's discipline barring Catholics who are divorced and remarried from receiving the Eucharist. He observed that the Synod of Bishops, meeting last October to discuss the Eucharist, had "called on ecclesiastical courts to make every effort to ensure that members of the faithful not canonically married may, as soon as possible, regularize their domestic situations," and thus be admitted to communion.
But the Pope flatly rejected the idea that the canonical process involved in annulment is merely a matter of "legal formalities." That idea, he said, implies "a supposed conflict between law and pastoral care in general." To counter that notion, Pope Benedict reminded the officials of the Roman Rota that the purpose of Church tribunals is to arrive at a "declaration of truth by an impartial third party."
... In assessing each case, the Pope continued, the tribunal should be guided by the search for truth. He cautioned strongly against any tendency to compromise the rigor of that search, in a misguided effort to find serve the needs of individuals. "Such attitudes may seem pastoral," the Pope admitted; "but in reality they do not respond to the good of the individuals, or that of the ecclesial community."
As he concluded his remarks, Pope Benedict said that the Church should also be working "to prevent nullity of marriage," by preparing couples more fully for Christian matrimony and by helping married couples to resolve conflicts and form a deeper mutual commitment....
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