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annulment question?

Hypothetical situation:
John and Jane Doe are married in the Catholic Church both are practicing Catholics. Jane begins cheating on John. As soon as John find out he files for divorce and Jane marries her lover. Jane does not care if her 2nd marriage is in the Catholic Church but years later John finds a woman he would like to be married to but wants to stay in union with the Church. John ask for, and receives the annulment, he remarries and life is great. John paid for the annulment and filled out all the paper work, does Jane get the annulment as well?

Is she free to have her marriage blessed in the church now?

I am not getting a divorce, this is a some what similar situation to what happened to a close family member more than a decade ago and I never understood it. The recent marriage quesitons has brought it to the front of mind again.


Asked by Kattykitten at 1:42 PM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (3)
  • If the marriage is annulled its annulled for both persons in the marriage, it doesn't matter who paid for it. John doe should be happy he can move on.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 2:32 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • I believe so, because the marriage itself is annulled, not just one person.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • It take two people to be married - so you can't have one person be married and the other person not. An annullment is a declaration that what was necessary for a valid sacramental marriage to exist was not present at the time of the wedding. It's not a Catholic divorce, it's not an ending of a valid marriage - it's a decaration that while a legal marrige did occur, the conditions required for the Sacrament of Marriage did not occur.

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    Answer by eringobrough at 5:40 PM on Jan. 22, 2010