Catholic church views on dating
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Many people seem to misunderstand Catholic annulment.
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 is important not just because of that promise…
To understand Catholic annulment, you have to understand marriage. And even Catholic annulment can’t dissolve a valid marriage!
Marriage between a man & woman in the Catholic Church is a sacrament. Annulment simply says that a true, sacramental marriage was never created in the first place — it was never valid.
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But that does not change the fact that the couple is still married.
Truthfully, this can be very hard to understand in a culture that doesn’t value promise, fidelity, or permanence.