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Why isn’t annulment a Catholic version of divorce?

Why isn’t annulment a Catholic version of divorce?

 

Fr Ken Brighenti explains:

A divorce is a civil procedure. It is something that has to do with the State. It divides property, decides where the children go, etc.

An annulment is entirely different. It has to do with the validity or invalidity of the marriage sacrament itself. It concerns all the information before and up to the marriage ceremony.

Some reasons why a marriage may not be valid:

1 – If one of the persons was intoxicated at the time of giving consent to marriage.

2 – Lying. If one of the spouses kept something from the other such as no intention of being faithful, no intention of having children, etc.

 

 

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