Annulment procedure and the length of time taken to receive me in to the Catholic Church: A clarification

Over the last few weeks I have been on the receiving end of some rather abusive Ad hominem comments, relating to my annulment procedure, and the delays in my reception in to the Catholic Church.

I’d like to make some clarifications to clear up some of the misunderstandings.

The first thing to say is that this annulment is not in fact my own. I have been married once to my present wife and have never been divorced. My wife had a previous brief marriage when she was a teenager; which ended due to violence.

The second point I’d like to make is that from a pastoral position we could have been received in to the Church before now; however, I made the decision to await the annulment, so as to do this formally and correctly. It didn’t seem fitting to me and I wanted to do this properly.

One of the primary reasons for being attracted to Catholicism, is the very fact that the Church has fixed rules and regulations for governance in accordance with the words of our Lord, that are not prone to be blown around by every wind of zeitgeist.

To then opt for pastoral discretion in my own particular case, would for me personally, in some ways, undermine the reasoning of my initial attraction to the Catholic Church.

I hopeĀ  this clears up some confusion.

My wife and I are thoroughly looking forward to our marriage convalidation within the Catholic Church. And of course our confirmation and reception. As well as taking the Sacraments. Can’t wait, and it’s worth the wait.

4 comments on this post.
  1. Joe Sales:

    Great Blog post. Keep writing. Cant wait to welcome you and your wife back home to the Church. God Bless.

  2. Sitsio (Mark Lambert):

    Your approach shows your integrity and great dignity. God bless!

  3. Richard Collins:

    Hang on in there Stuart…..let us know when the great day comes, meanwhile, prayers for you both.

  4. Scout:

    Well I’m not a Catholic, but I just want to say I’ve known people who’ve had similar problems with this kind of thing and I’ve got a lot of sympathy for the situation you are in. Good luck, and I hope things resolve themselves.