The Catholic Church understands marriage as binding partnership between a man and woman to extend for the rest of their lives. It is naturally ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. It is a covenant when entered into by baptized Catholics before God and his community in a Catholic church. It is a sacred marriage when entered into by a baptized Catholic and a baptized person of another Christian faith.
Marriage is fundamentally brought about through consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between a man and woman and bound by civil law. When an annulment of a marriage becomes necessary to free one or both parties from their bond the Catholic Church offers a process for this to be accomplished. If successful, the Church declares that the consent required for a valid marriage was defective from the beginning of the marriage.
The Diocesan Tribunal, the judicial office of the Bishop for the Diocese of Salt Lake City, makes this declaration. The deacon is well suited to assist someone attempting to prepare a declaration of nullity. He becomes the petitioner’s advocate for as long as the process continues.
Deacon John: [email protected]