I came into the Catholic Church last year at the Easter Vigil and I am working through a case with the Tribunal seeking an annulment for a previous marriage. I feel like I am being called to be married, but I know it isn’t even an option until the Tribunal case reaches a decision.
I pray every day that the case progresses and that I will have a decision soon, but the case has been moving very slowly. (Only after I filed the papers with the local parish, did I learn that the Diocese I now live in, is known for having very lengthy Tribunal processes, 18-24 months. I also was not advised that I could have filed with the Diocese that I was married in, which I later found out through my sister’s father-in-law, their typical decision time is around 8-10 months.)
I am trying not to be bitter or impatient, I realize how serious the Tribunal is about seeking the truth, but I was advised in January that I should have a decision in April. Just last week I received a letter that they are offering me an ecclesiastical advocate to review my case before it goes to the decision stage. They could not give me any ‘advice’ at the tribunal office on what the status of the case was because they need to remain impartial to the case.
Does anyone have any advice or experience with this type of situation? Is it likely that the case is not strong enough if they are advising me to have an advocate review the case now, at the decision stage?