The Catholic Church believes a true sacramental marriage is sacred and indissoluble, “…what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mt 19:6).
The purpose of this section of our website is to help you understand what the Church “really” teaches and to help you clarify some of the distinctions between a civil marriage, a sacramental marriage, a divorce, and an annulment (Decree of Declaration/Decree of Invalidity).
There are factors which sometimes indicate that a wedding may not have sealed a truly sacramental marriage. Likewise, there are many harmful myths and misunderstandings regarding divorce, “annulments”, and the sacramental status of divorced Catholics.
Are You Presently Separated?
If you are presently separated, or are considering separation and/or divorce, please contact our Family Life Office on the toolbar on the right. Lets see if we can help you keep your marriage in tact. You will find Reg and Jan Konrade, our husband and wife team, very helpful and friendly.
Are You Divorced?
Our suggestion for utilizing this section of our web page is that you would go to the “Questionnaire on Divorce and Annulments” on the right sidebar. Run it off and spend some time answering the questions. Then, view the answers which are also on the side bar. (Don’t cheat now; take the test first!)
How to Utilize this Web Page:
Your next step should be to click on our link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and review what it teaches on the Sacrament of Matrimony.
If you have further questions, contact Fr. Ken Lohrmeyer here at the chancery. Please review his web page first by clicking on “Tribunal” under "Diocesan Offices" on the sidebar on the right side of this page.
Fr. Ken is a warm and wonderful guy who, like the Catholic Church, wants the very best for you.
On the side bar is also a website for divorced Catholics that you will likely consider very helpful. Their book, “Divorced. Catholic. Now What?” is simply outstanding. If you purchase it, be sure to also get the workbook.