[Updated July 24; see editors' note and corrections at article's end.]
CHICAGO — Deacon Patrick O’Toole remembered how far away he felt from the Church 17 years ago. He wasn’t a deacon then — his wife had left, divorced him and took his children. He felt broken and angry, until a meeting with a Catholic Church official corrected his many misconceptions about the Church, sacramental marriage and annulments and put him on the path to healing.
“He had the opportunity to help me understand what it was all about,” O’Toole said. “It prompted a whole conversion experience for me.”
O’Toole re-engaged with his faith and discovered the Church’s rich vision of sacramental marriage. He went through...READ MORE