Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Marriage annulments becoming less common in US: Why?

Catholic World News - February 18, 2011

Surveying the difficulties that the American Catholic Church faces regarding marriages and annulments, John Allen notes in a Wall Street Journal column that the number of annulments has declined.

But why? It is not, Allen concludes, because diocesan tribunals are any less likely to declare a marriage null-- despite years of papal pleas to take the permanent bond seriously. Rather, it is because fewer American Catholic couples are bothering to marry in church, and fewer are bothering to seek an annulment before entering into a second marriage.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our February expenses ($35,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Human Mix of Good and Evil January 30
Conscientious objection to vaccinations January 30
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? January 30
On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ January 29
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12