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John Newhousser wrote:

Hi, guys —

My wife stopped wanting to make love with me shortly after our son was born 26 years ago.
We have been performing the act with no feelings and in my mind, it's not right.

I feel as if I am invading her privacy and making her do something she really doesn't want to. We currently are not involved. Growing up a First Christian and from what I knew, it was not considered a terrible sin to masturbate. I converted to Catholicism and learned that the Church views masturbation as a mortal sin.

  • So what are the choices?
  • Secondly, if my wife and I are not divorced through the courts, can we get an annulment through the Church?

Thank you and I hope you have a great day.

John Newhousser

  { What choices do we have and If we are not divorced through the courts can we get an annulment? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

John,

Both of the issues begin with marriage counseling.

Perhaps there is a Retrouvaille program offered in your area or something like it.

The Church as a whole does not speculate about whether one can get an annulment while you are married.

We would rather see if we can help repair the marriage but, just generically speaking, a 26+ year marriage is difficult to annul.

Fr. Jonathan

John replied:


Thank you Fr. Jonathan and I hope you have a great day.

John

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