Understanding Annulments – October 3, 2023

Father Ramil Fajardo joined Patrick for a conversation about declaration of nullity, marriage, and Church teaching. Topics included: what are annulments (2:30), free, full, faithful & forever (4:54), annulment process (7:32), how to proceed with an annulment (12:22), why some resist the process (16:53), caller: how did the annulment process come about? (20:55), caller: I haven’t turned the paperwork in yet (28:16), email: would my annulment be complex to process? (33:27), caller: I’m not looking for an annulment (37:49), email: annulments across continents (40:57), caller: can my mom receive communion? (45:19), and caller: the annulment process was very healing for me (46:46). 

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Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.