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As the divorce rate soars in the United States, so does the rate of annulments. Despite the frequency of annulments – even in a metropolitan area with more than half a million Catholics – much of what people believe is myth. Are children of an annulled marriage illegitimate? Are annulments a 20th-century invention of the Church?

Joachim Culotta, O.P., a judge on the council that decides annulments in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will clarify the misunderstandings about annulments and explain the process during “When the Vow Breaks,” the second in a series of conversations about how Catholics can apply Church teachings to contemporary questions. The conversation begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, upstairs at the Tap Room, 2100 Locust St. Fr. Culotta will speak at about 6:30 p.m.

Fr. Culotta was ordained a priest in 1964 and has worked on marriage tribunals since 1967. He has been judicial vicar on tribunals in Memphis and Nashville. He also is the prior, or religious superior, of a community of Dominican priests and seminarians in St. Louis.

Aquinas Institute of Theology, a graduate school on the campus of Saint Louis University, sponsors Theology on Tap. Part of the mission of the school is to engage Catholics in dialogue that will help them to keep their faith lives relevant amid the demands of their professional and personal lives. Theology on Tap is designed to provide a casual gathering place for Catholics to sip beer, hear brief presentations and ask questions.

To find out more about Theology on Tap or the presentation on Oct. 14, call Aquinas Institute at (314) 977-3889.

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