SOS Mission Statement:
S.O.S. was founded in 1997 to help Catholic and Protestant Respondents defend their marriage sacrament from being annulled.
SOS is a network of former Respondents whose purpose is to offer support to new Respondents facing the annulment process, via online advising and education.
Our support helps Respondents as they discern whether or not to work with the Catholic annulment process.
We offer support to all Respondents; those who choose to pursue the Tribunal’s annulment process, and those who choose NOT to continue with the tribunal process.
Our mission is based on belief in the dignity of the Respondent, the welfare of each child in these marriages, and the validity of the marriage sacrament as God’s Grace.
What We Do
We have worked with over one thousand Respondents who are contesting Catholic annulment. Most U.S. local tribunals do not offer adequate support and information to the
Respondent, and certainly tribunal personnel show little concept of compassionate ministry to Respondents. We can help you challenge Catholic annulment.
SOS continues to be inspired by Sheila Rauch Kennedy, author of Shattered Faith: A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage.
We are a 501C3 nonprofit organization and offer our services without charge. We are supported entirely by private donations.
We Can Help
If you are a Respondent with questions about the Catholic annulment process, we can help.
If you are a Respondent facing an intimidating Roman Catholic Tribunal, we can help.
If you are preparing an Appeal to Rome, we can help.
We question if a God-given sacrament can be annulled by any person or body of persons.
In roughly 90% of all cases that come before the American Church tribunal-officials declare that “in the eyes of God the marriage never truly existed.”
Can any human or organization decide what is in the “mind” of the Creator God about your marriage sacrament?
We are very interested in hearing your experiences as your case progresses through the tribunal court system.
"Catholics are taught that marriage is a Sacrament as an essential belief of their Roman Catholic faith. The United States has six percent of the world's
Catholic population, but U.S. Tribunals annul over three-fourths of all annulments worldwide. In Italy, by comparison, only a third of requests for
annulment are granted. The American Catholic Church annually grants over 60,000 annulments, three-quarters of the total granted throughout the world.
An expert in Canon Law observed, 'There isn't a marriage in America that we can't annul'. The United States has become the Nevada of the annulment world."
Sheila Rauch Kennedy, Shattered Faith, p. 12
"Annulment is now a form of divorce in every way but name, and the church [hierarchy] refusal to acknowledge this is deeply corrupting. Moreover, the Catholic annulment procedures hurt children, are cruel to former spouses, force applicants to misrepresent the past, mock well-meaning priests, and drive many thousands out of the church. It is a disaster."
James Carroll, Boston Globe, May 13, 1997
*We chose the picture on this page as a symbol of a Respondent having to face the RCChurch Tribunal system- feeling alone with no guidance, in foreign waters, traveling between two (diabolical?) Mountainous forces: on one side the petitioner who assaults the integrity of the sacramental marriage and on the other side a seemingly impenetrable Tribunal System composed of Canon Law, foreign quasi-legal language, and an insecure Patriarchal mentality against all women that is based in a fear of women.
Our organization, Save Our Sacrament is the flowing water in this picture, guiding the Respondent to a destination of dignity and a validated sacrament.
SOS was founded to support Respondents with compassion, to defend and validate one’s sacramental marriage and to preserve the dignity of one’s children who are forced by the RCChurch Tribunal system to watch and endure the devastating annulment process. These children know the annulment process is totally unnecessary; the divorce has happened. But to children, annulment is experienced as something far worse... an annihilation of the very foundation of their life.
We write this in the hope that every bishop, every member of the Curia, and every person in the Vatican including beloved Pope Francis will recognize the annulment process as a Scandal to our children and then completely eliminate the entire annulment process forever.