Annulments and the Catholic Church
Few topics in the Catholic Church are more misunderstood than annulments. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are both fascinated and confused about just what the Church teaches on the matter. In the light of the unique challenges faced by married couples in our society today, an authentic understanding of this complex issue is needed now more than ever.
Written in everyday language, this is an invaluable resource for lay people who want to understand this challenging issue and for pastoral leaders who need to offer guidance on questions of theology and canon law. Written by canon and civil lawyer Edward Peters, J.D., J.C.D., this book addresses the most common questions people have about annulments, including: How is an annulment different from divorce? Are there too many annulments granted today? Does the length of a marriage affect an annulment case? How do people begin the annulment process? Does a wedding between a Catholic and a non-Catholic requre an annulment? Is alcholoism or physical abuse grounds for an annulment?
As a committed Catholic layman, husband and father, who holds degrees in civil and canon law, Dr. Peters approaches this topic with a wealth of experience from a variety of perspectives. His treatment of this delicate subject reflects a concern for the intergrity of Catholic theology, fidelity to Church law, the demands of justice, and the place of mercy in the process.