In 1999, she spoke to 22,000 people at the TWA Dome during the Pope's visit to St. Mary Beth holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from the University of San Francisco, and a master's degree in Theology of Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute at Lateran University.
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(See our FAITH FACT, “Marriage in God's Plan Discovering the Power of Marital Love.”) Some people enter into marriage without understanding the essentials of the commitment they are making.
Thus, the Code of Canon Law provides that the bishop may give permission for these marriages to take place: Can. the bishop] can grant a permission of this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause.
He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled: 1) the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church; 2) the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the Catholic party; 3) both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to exclude.
Notice I said "friendship." I think this is the key. People sometimes say to me "Well yeah, we're keeping it at a level of friendship. And I know that can easily lead to a mentality of "of course he'll get his annulment, so what's the big deal? [Editor's Note: Because of the nature of annulments, we at Catholic Exchange stress the importance of contacting a canon lawyer.
You may do so through your diocese's Tribunal.] Mary Beth Bonacci, in addition to being a 4columnist is an internationally known speaker.
I say "presumed" because, until the investigation is over and the tribunal has ruled, no one can say that for sure. Clearly there was no marriage." Maybe there wasn't, but that's not our call to make. It's defined differently among different people at different times.