Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

Annulments

For a marriage to be valid in the Catholic church, one of the conditions is that each person is FREE to marry and not bound by a previous union.  This holds whether the person was married in a Catholic ceremony or not.

If a person was married and divorced, it still must be determined whether that person is free of the sacramental bond; this is determined by the "annulment" process to see if there was NO (null) bond.