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grounds for an annulment.

Is verbal and mental abuse on a child grounds for a Catholic annulment?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:08 AM on Aug. 17, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • According to what I found, no...BUT...there are always exceptions.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:17 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • is that all you are concerned about i man made religion. why would you put a man over your childs self esteem? why did you baptize your child to a religion that don't protect him. jesus don't talk crap to people. religion is a name the church is just people.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:31 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • did I say my child was abused? Did I say I was in this situation? aren't you judgemental anon

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:20 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • An annlment is not a Catholic divorce - it doens't end a marriage. Catholics believe that marriage is a sacrament from Christ and so lasts forever. Annulments are not granted based on what happened after the wedding took place - they are about examining the circumstances around the wedding to determine if the conditions necessary for a valid Catholic marriage existed, if they did not then then the marriage can be declared null (meaning a sacrament didn't occur). A legal marriage still occurred (so children are not illegimate or anything like that) - it's a declaration that the conditions necessary for a valid Catholic marriage were not in place.

    The conditions for a valid Catholic marriage include that they are free to be married (they can't have been married before or if they were they need to have an annulment), and they need to have the physical, emotional and psychological capablity to be married.

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:18 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • So if abuse (physical or mental) occurrs during the marriage it could indicate that one of the parities was not emotionally or psychologically capable at the time of the wedding to enter the life-long marriage commitment. If that was the case, then an annulment could be granted.

    The Catholic Church also recognizes that there are valid reasons for a civil divorce - abuse being one of them.  So a Catholic is not automatically excommunicated or anything if they divorce.  In fact a civil divorce is necessary in order to obatain an annulment.

    The article "Ten Myths About Annulments" may be helpful also "Ten Questions About Annulments"


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:24 AM on Aug. 17, 2009


    Answer by older at 1:22 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Older you should consider reading Myth #3 at least in the article Erin post above "Ten Myths About Annulments" and Question 6 in the other "Ten Questions About Annulments".

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • older,

    17. How much does the annulment procedure cost?
    An ordinary annulment is $500.00 with $100.00 being due at the time the case is submitted. The remainder can be paid in monthly payments. The Diocese of St. Cloud heavily subsidizes the Tribunal. There are many expenses involved in the process and to help defray these expenses you are asked to pay part of the actual costs involved. We will not impose any financial hardship on anyone. If you cannot pay the full amount, please let us know. No case will be turned down due to a person's inability to pay the fee! Your case will be heard just like any other, and in the same amount of time. Money will never influence the work of justice.


    Answer by drink-lover at 2:58 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • that is my source for information, what is yours?

    Answer by drink-lover at 2:59 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

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