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Annulment


You have arrived here because you have some questions concerning annulment in the Catholic Church. We have a variety of resources and information that may help you in understanding what an annulment is, and how you might apply for one.

Shawn Phillips, St. Timothy's Pastoral Minister, is registered as a Parish Liaison for the Tribunal and can help you in walking through the process. Give him a call (763-784-1329) to set up an appointment or click here to email him.

Many people have a variety of questions concerning the Annulment Process and are looking for reliable resources. Click here for some resources that may answer some of your questions, page down to the annulments section.



"Few experiences in life are as painful as divorce. When a divorce occurs, the Catholic church is concerned not only with the legal and sacramental issues, but very profoundly with the spiritual and emotional well-being of all concerned, especially any children who may be involved.

The Church holds marriage as one of the most sacred of bonds consecrated by God which cannot be dissolved... 'by any human power of for any reason other than death (Canon 114)' the church, however, does recognize the fact that some factors may have prevented the bride and groom from entering into a valid and therefore binding, sacrament.

The process is not intended to say that a marriage never occurred, but rather that certain factors prohibited one or the other party from entering into marriage as a sacrament from the beginning. Some of these factors may include insufficient age or maturity, chemical abuse and emotional stability. To hold a couple bound when negative factors like these existed from the beginning is an injustice in the eye of the Church.

When a sacramental marriage is found to be null, the Church does not deny that the couple were in love or that the children are legitimate. The Church is simply confirming through interviews and other research that on the day of the wedding a particular facet of consent was lacking in one or both of the parties.

The annulment process, one of a number of services provided for the divorced by the Church, gives individuals an opportunity for healing following the often bitter experiences of divorce."

Archbishop Harry Flynn,

Archbishop of St. Paul Minneapolis

May 10, 1997

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