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One of the important responsibilities of the Catholic Church is the pastoral
care of the family and the protection of the bond, which binds the family
Central to the responsibility is proclaiming the sanctity and permanence of marriage. While carefully protecting the teaching of Jesus on marriage and its indissolubility, the Church also recognizes that many marriages today end in the tragedy of divorce. Yet, for many of these people their faith and their Church remain important to them. Nor does the Church abandon them.
In its pastoral concern, the Church provides an ecclesiastical tribunal whose function is to evaluate the validity of the failed marriage in the light of Scripture, tradition and the Church law. In many cases, the Church is able to grant a decree of invalidity (annulment). This annulment process helps heal the anger and disappointment with one’s self and with one’s former spouse. It often brings closure to the hurtful memories. It frees a Catholic to marry again or to have a second marriage blessed by the Church, thus restoring the Catholic to the full sacramental life of the Church.
Remembering that the ministry of Jesus was one of healing and reconciliation, the Marriage Tribunal is ever mindful of its call to continue that ministry to all who seek its help.
The Diocese of Sacramento has an excellent Tribunal staff. It deals with people with the greatest of confidentiality, as well as with compassion and understanding. Through years of experience, they are competent to assist you. Please feel free to call upon them.