Discovering A Path Through the Annulment Process

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lwanski, Paul
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
The purpose of this pastoral project is to address my concern for a perceived lack of clarity regarding the intent and process of annulment in the Catholic Church and to attempt, through the dissemination of accurate information, to minimize the cultural reality of divorced men and women unofficially separating themselves from the faith community. In addition, | hope that a clear understanding of the annulment process will minimize confusion over this particular ministry among clergy, lay ministers, and all members of Catholic communities. The church’s position on divorce and annulment is intended to help heal the individual involved, to clearly articulate the sacramental qualities of married relationships, and to allow them to continue to celebrate their life with the Catholic community. This project will propose a strategy for communicating the church’s intent to all members of the faith community.