Marriage Tribunal

Metropolitan Tribunal

320 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-5533

Welcome to our Tribunal Annulment Information Pages

“The Gentle Judge, our Lord Jesus, the Shepherd of our Souls, entrusted to the Apostle Peter and to his successors the power of the keys to carry out the work of truth and justice in the Church; this supreme and universal power of binding and loosing here on earth asserts, strengthens and protects the power of Pastors of particular Churches, by virtue of which they have the sacred right and duty before the Lord to enact judgment toward those entrusted to their care.”

Pope Francis in Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus #1


  1. Consent Makes Marriage: The Theology of Marriage
  2. The Nature of an Annulment
  3. The Ministry of the Tribunal
  4. Types of Annulments: Lack or Defect of Form
  5. Types of Annulments: Prior Bond and Impediment
  6. Types of Annulments: Formal Case – Defect of Consent
  7. Changes in Marriage Law by the Holy Father
  8. Competency: Which Tribunal can hear my Petition?
  9. Fees and Costs
  10. Roles in the Process
  11. Confidentiality Agreement and Policy Norms
  12. How Do I Start the Process – Notice of Intent to Petition
  13. Tribunal Contact Page and Information (Unique Email Address)
  14. The Healing Process and Prayer Ministry


Rev. Jose Opalda, J.C.L., Judicial Vicar

Rev. D. Reginald Whitt, O.P., J.C.D., Adjutant Judicial Vicar

Rev. Gonzalo Cadavid-Rivera, J.C.L., Defender of the Bond

Rev. Raymond L. Harris, J.C.L., Collegiate Judge

Rev. Christopher P. Moore, Collegiate Judge

Deacon Anthony Norcio, J.C.L., Collegiate Judge

Rev. Hamilton Okeke, J.C.L., Advocate

Rev. John B. Ward, J.C.L., Collegiate Judge

Teresa Ewen, Ecclesiastical Notary

Christina Mahaley, Ecclesiastical Notary

Susan Smith, Ecclesiastical Notary