Regardless of your situation, the Church is here to help and you don't have to be a priest or canon lawyer to understand the basics. This little book with big help dispels the common myths and misunderstandings about marriage, divorce, and annulments
Whether you've recently divorced or it's been a few years, you can rebuild a life rich in faith, hope, and lots of love. But first you'll need blueprints, clear directions to make your house a home again. Where should you start? By laying a solid foundation that will hold up under the drizzle of daily life and any raging storms that may come. And the cornerstone of that foundation is Christ.
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Most people don't fully understand what the Church really teaches about love, sex, marriage, divorce, annulment, or remarriage. In fact, there are simply too many myths and misunderstandings that can cause frustration, anger, and even lead some to leave the Church. Continue reading...
What is an annulment?
The formal term is “Decree of Nullity" and "annulment" has become the common phrase. It’s not to be confused with a civil annulment.
It doesn’t make your children illegitimate. It doesn’t deny the love, affection, family ties and other good between you and your ex-spouse.
According to the Catholic Church a valid, sacramental marriage can never be broken. If the marriage is authentic, it has been “caught up into” and become part of the unbreakable marriage bond between Christ with His Bride (all of us in His church). He never breaks His promise, He never leaves us. No divorce. Ever.
Bible: Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matt 16: 18- 20
Catechism: . . . the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage. CCC 1629
I don't trust the Church, and haven't been to Mass in years...
It’s okay, you’re not alone. Many Catholics who suffer the pain of divorce come back after a long time, hoping to find some solid footing, but not really knowing what to expect. We’ll help you find your way.
If you’ve been hurt by someone in the Church, consider this: In the field of medicine there are insurance scams, rip-off artists, doctors who should lose their licenses, and of course a whole world of mysterious medical talk that we really don’t understand.
It’s the same with the Catholic Church. Jesus, the Great Physician, built His church as a hospital; through it He can—and most importantly He WANTS TO—work healing wonders in your heart and soul. But you might encounter some less-than-perfect people along the way, even a “Nurse Ratched” or two! Don’t give up.
Please keep an open mind; you are welcome. We are here for you. We want to introduce you to the Church in a way you maybe have never known. We hope you won’t let the past keep you away from the gifts, the blessings, and the strength He wants for you. For more information go to www.CatholicsComeHome.org
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