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Pat Ehnes wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the Catholic position on divorce and remarriage?
  • How is a divorce different from an annulment?
  • Also, under what conditions does the Church grant an annulment?

Thank you,


  { What's the Catholic position on divorce and remarriage and how do divorce and annulment differ? }

John replied:

Hi, Pat —

Thank you for your question. The Catholic Church regrettably understands and requires civil/legal divorce precede an annulment. Divorce only "breaks" the legal barriers contracted between husband and wife; it in no way implies that the marriage does still not exist in God's eyes.

As for the conditions under which the Church grants annulments, that is a question which cannot be answered in a brief fashion. For this answer, and a better understanding, I invite you to read the following web page for an explanation of Catholic annulments. It was written by a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Boston (Massachusetts) and is in "layman's" language, thus making it an easy and compelling "read".

There is also a page titled: Declaration of Nullity FAQ's.

I pray and hope that this reading will assist you. If you should have any difficulties pulling up these pages then go to, and using the search function at the bottom of the home page, do a search under "annulment" and refer to the appropriate pages in the search results.

God Bless,


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