Reverend Monsignor Ricardo Coronado-Arrascue, J.C.D.
Defender of the Bond
Reverend George Fagan, J.C.L.
Ecclesiastical Notary and Office Manager
Ms. Maria Magalong
Assistant to the Chancellor
Mr. Nicholas Dillon
Most people approach the Tribunal to petition for a declaration of nullity
of marriage (annulment). Petitioning for a declaration of nullity is a
way for someone to challenge and clarify his or her status in the
Church. A person’s status in the Church, namely, whether the Church
considers the person to be married or not married, determines which options
are available in the future. If a declaration of nullity is granted,
then a future marriage or admittance into a seminary or religious life are
options that may be available. But, it is important that a person
clarify his or her status first, so that they can know which options are
available in the future. Therefore, please refrain from setting
definite plans until your status has been clarified. See the links to
the left for some important information which should be kept in mind
before petitioning for a declaration of nullity.
For other questions or concerns email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Tribunal
Purpose of the Diocesan Tribunal
The Diocesan Tribunal of Colorado Springs is the legal forum of the
Diocese which administers justice by exercising the judicial power of the
bishop. The Tribunal functions in a manner similar to civil court, and
is concerned with spiritual matters and Canon law. The Tribunal is
available to everyone, and, upon request, will vindicate a person’s rights,
and make a declaration of legal facts in a dispute. The Tribunal also
investigates allegations of ecclesiastical laws having been broken and may
impose or declare a penalty when it is appropriate.
Nullity and Dissolution Cases
In some instances a marriage can be declared null and void from the very
beginning. To do so, it must be possible to prove, in the external
forum, that: (1) the marriage was not celebrated with the required form; or
(2) the parties were not legally capable of marriage; or (3) the consent
given was defective. Therefore, there are three distinct types of
nullity cases which can be pursued. See the guide to the left for help
determining which type of case you need.
In other instances a marriage can be dissolved if certain conditions are
met. These conditions involve either the non-baptism of one or both
parties of a marriage, or not having consummated the
marriage. In order for dissolution of marriage these conditions must be
able to be proven in the external forum. There are three types of
dissolution of marriage, which are: (1) The Pauline Privilege; (2) The
Petrine Privilege; (3) Ratum et Non Consummatum.