Annulment: 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics


Catholics considering annulment often find themselves with more questions than answers, uncertain how to proceed.
  • Aren't annulments just Catholic divorce?
  • Do I need to hire a lawyer?
  • How much does the process cost?
  • If the Church annuls my marriage, do my children become illegitimate?
  • How do "psychological grounds" affect a person's ability...
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Catholics considering annulment often find themselves with more questions than answers, uncertain how to proceed.
  • Aren't annulments just Catholic divorce?
  • Do I need to hire a lawyer?
  • How much does the process cost?
  • If the Church annuls my marriage, do my children become illegitimate?
  • How do "psychological grounds" affect a person's ability to validly contract marriage?
Canon lawyers Pete Vere and Jacqui Rapp answer these and many other questions in everyday language free from legal jargon. They make the annulment process less intimidating and open the door to healing for all those affected, including friends and family members who want to offer informed support during a difficult time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867168730
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 1,016,333
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PETE VERE, J.C.L., is a canon lawyer, author, journalist and professor of canon law and catechesis. He writes for a number of Catholic and secular publications, works as an independent canonical consultant for several dioceses and teaches at Catholic Dist

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 General Questions About Annulments 1

Chapter 2 The Meaning of Marriage 11

Chapter 3 Marriage Preparation in Canon Law 25

Chapter 4 Impediments to Marriage 37

Chapter 5 A Matter of Consent 49

Chapter 6 Who's Who in an Annulment Case? 61

Chapter 7 Formal Process for a Declaration of Invalidity 73

Chapter 8 Other Options 93

Chapter 9 Concluding Thoughts on Keeping Your Marriage Together 109

Notes 117

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Solid and comprehensive resource

    Pete Vere and Jacqui Rapp are canon lawyers with more than 15 years of Church tribunal experience between them. Vere is an author and professor living in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, with his wife and four children. Rapp, an Assessor, Judge, and Defender of the Bond for several U.S. dioceses, lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and two children.

    Their 100 questions book is designed to cut through legal jargon in an effort to increase understanding and ease common concerns about the annulment process. Using the question and answer format, they describe situations in which canon law is applied in regard to marriage and its validity. They introduce 100 questions with a simple explanation of how the church defines marriage, what is required to enter it, and why some marriages may be declared invalid.

    The first eight chapters cover such issues as marriage preparation, impediments to marriage, and the requirements for a declaration of invalidity. We learn that although the term "annulment" is used in the Church it is not technically correct since the marriage is not ended, as in a civil annulment, but is declared invalid. In U.S. and Canadian dioceses, the majority of cases investigated fall under canon law 1095, which relates to an individual's lack of judgment and discretion about the rights and obligations of marriage. In addition to common grounds for seeking an annulment, Vere and Rapp present two general chapters on the annulment procedure: Who's Who in an Annulment Case and The Formal Process for a Declaration of Invalidity.

    Their final chapter addresses a single question on building strong and happy marriages, a topic not strictly tied to canon law, but one the authors find relevant. They offer eight suggestions: pray, eat, play, and talk together; be kind; work with your differences; hold hands; and practice natural family planning. The accompanying explanations contain examples from the authors' own marriages.

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