Question from on 07-21-2007:
Isn't it likely that the church will simply grant this priest an annulment, after his divorce? They are given out quite freely in modern times. God bless...
Answer by Robert J. Flummerfelt, J.C.L. on 07-27-2007:
The granting of annulments is never a sure bet. It always depend on the person's individual circumstances and facts. Annulments are NOT gifts for being good Catholics and are not giving to the 'bad' party. We have legal requirements for various grounds and only if the evidence proves that one or both parties' consent was invalidly proffered is a marriage declared as being invalid.
There are no guarantees.
My own experience tells me that the high number of annulments is not because we are granting them so easily, but because unfortunately, people marry under invalidating circumstances. Unfortunately, our culture's values do not help in this realm either.
Peace and best wishes, Bob