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Richard Smithson wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm a Catholic who was raised an Atheist and I married a Catholic woman.

I married without the intention of raising my kids Catholics; teaching them the values of skepticism and knowing that a divorce was always an option for me.

  • Are these a cause for an annulment?

Richard

  { If I married, without the intention of raising my kids Catholics, is this a cause for an annulment? }

Bob replied:

Dear Richard,

By the sounds of it, if what you say is accurate, then most likely it would be grounds for an annulment but it would still be a tragedy, most of all for the children.

Marriage, whether sacramentally valid or not, is a commitment for the sake of a stable loving family, and any rupture to that structure is devastating to children.

Get some marital therapy and think twice before acting.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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