Shattered Faith: A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage

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After twelve years of marriage and an amicable divorce from Congressman Joe Kennedy, Jr., Sheila Rauch Kennedy was shocked to learn that her former husband was asking for an annulment of their marriage so that his new marriage would be acceptable in the eyes of the Church. This is the story of her refusal to acknowledge that her marriage was never sacramentally valid. Stunned by the hypocrisy of the process and the betrayal of trust it involved, Sheila Kennedy, an Episcopalian, is determined to def the legitimacy of her former marriage, especially because of the two sons the marriage produced. Interweaving her own experience with those of other women whose trust in the Church has been shattered by annulment, Kennedy tells a story that will surprise, anger, and move readers of every faith.

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Shattered Faith is a fascinating look at divorce within religion. The Roman Catholic Church still does not recognize divorce. Instead it resolves a couple's incompatibility by declaring a marriage illegitimate from the outset. While divorce ends a marriage, annulment erases it--a distinction not lost on a Sheila Rauch Kennedy and many other women with similar experiences. When Rauch Kennedy is forced into annulment proceedings by an ex-husband who seeks to prove that their marriage was based on false presumptions and therefore never really existed, what can she do? Despite the high profiles of the protagonists, this is a down-to-earth account of a woman's attempt to maintain her sense of worth in the face of a church bureaucracy blinded by pride and incapable of compassion.

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"A courageous book about a courageous act! Sheila Kennedy's effort to preserve the validity of her marriage against the hypocritical annulment process of the American Catholic Church is a compelling account of the power of truth. Her account of the anguish of other women whose trust in the moral authority of the church has been betrayed reminds us how critical integrity is to anyone seeking to live a meaningful life."
-- Julia Thorne, author of A Change of Heart: Words of Hope and Experience for the Journey Through Divorce

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