Dating during catholic annulment
Our marriage is a visible sign of the love between Christ and his Church. where he remains faithful to us, even when we fail.
But marriage is more than just a sign — marriage is also the sacramental channel through which God gives the grace of fidelity and love to a broken world.
This is important not just because of that promise…
…but also because we’ve promised to be a sign to the world of God’s fidelity to us.
It sounds like the Church is actively canceling, or nullifying, the marriage.
The proper term for Catholic annulment is “declaration of nullity”: the Church declares that the marriage never was valid in the first place.
But sometimes it is necessary to separate for serious reasons, and even seek civil divorce.
Truth be told, back when I was entering the Catholic Church, I used to think of it as a sort of “Catholic divorce.” But annulment in the Catholic Church comes from the great value we place on marriage.They shouldn’t marry, live with, or even date someone else. Someone who is divorced or separated should be celibate. If a marriage fails, we want things to get better for ourselves or our friends.We want to be able to “move on.” A lot of people think that’s what Catholic annulment is all about — the equivalent of Catholic divorce. When we marry, we promise not to just “move on.” We promise to stay together through thick & thin, and to remain faithful.This becomes clearer when we compare Catholic annulment to civil divorce.Obviously, the Church places a tremendous value on marriage.