Item description for Annulment: Your Chance to Remarry Within the Catholic Church: A Step-by-Step Guide Using the New Code of Canon Law by Joseph P. Zwack...
Overview Explains the rights of divorced Catholics under the new revision of canon law, describes each step of the annulment procedure, and discusses three acceptable grounds for annulment
Publishers Description Here is the only book that explains fully in lay terms the grounds and procedures by which Roman Catholics who have undergone civil divorces can also have their former marriages annulled by the Church. In the last decade alone, annulements in the United States have increased from 350 to over 30,000. At present, there are an estimated eight million divorced American Catholics, banned from full participation in the Church if the remarry without obtaining an annulment. Many of these people could obtain annulments -- yet, until the publication of Annulment, the lack of proper information and guidance has discouraged the majority of them. This book makes available the rights of divorce Catholics under the Revised Code of Canon Law, which is now in effect. In everyday language, this authoritative handbook takes readers step by step through the process, defines the laws as they now exist, sorts through misconceptions and fears surrounding annulment procedures, dicusses the meaning and rationale behind the rules, lays out all the grounds (including the new psychological grounds), examines all factors (including costs), defines the various apporaches, and provides samples of the forms involved.The author, a lawyer himself, consulted with canon lawyers, priests, and laypeople, -- some of whom have already used his manual with success.Annulment offers hope and solid help to the increasing number of people directly and indirectly affected by the divorce-remarriage-annulment problem. Zwack cuts cleanly through the Gordian knot of uncertainty to point the way for realistic, clear, effective solutions to this longstanding, anguished problem.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 1983
ISBN 006250990X ISBN13 9780062509901 UPC 099455012003
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More About Joseph P. Zwack
Joseph P. Zwack is an active Roman Catholic and practicing civil attorney in Dubuque, Iowa. He is married, the father of three children, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa Law School.
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Navigating the Complex Case for an Annulment Oct 1, 2006
Annulment is a complex case of canon law that requires guidance. With the increase in requests, few Catholics have any proper counsel on just how to go about the process. A reference guide to the healing spiritual process of getting one more chance to get it right and marry in a Catholic Church.
Expiration Date Passed! Aug 9, 2001
This book is an excellent example of why food is not the only thing that should be marked with "sell by" dates. In 1983 when this book was written, the New Code of Canon Law of 1983 had just been promulgated. There was no background of interpretation of it. The author here had a clear road in that he could not be faulted for misinterpretation since no one yet knew what the authentic interpretation would be. The author is not a canon lawyer. He gives a civil attorney's perspective on Catholic Church annulments and that is very much like mixing apples and elephants. As both a civil and canon lawyer, I find his dicussion of the internal forum to be dangerous. He has no degree in theology and that would be a minimum for attempting to enter into that discussion at this level of assumed authority. He knows not of what he speaks. If you are looking for a book that will help you now through an annulment process, this is not the book for you to read. It can give you a historical perspective or thought on the process, but it is not what it entitles , a "step-by-step guide". This book should be taken off the shelves immediately.
Annulment Primmer Jun 11, 2000
This is an excellent basic intorduction to the questions about the annulment process of the Roman Catholic Church. It touches all the bases in simple straight forward language. I think it should be read before reading any other material on the subject, some of which are a might too technical for the layperson.