The Tribunal is the central
judicial office of the diocese which is directed by the Judicial Vicar.
The staff of specially trained canon lawyers is responsible for the work
assisting those who petition for annulments and dissolutions of marriage as well
assisting the Bishop in other canonical matters.
If you wish to have a previous
marriage investigated by the Tribunal for the
possibility of a declaration of nullity (annulment) or a dissolution (a marriage
of at least one non-baptized person), please contact your parish priest.
A preliminary screening will take place at that level. If it is believed that
case has merit, a subsequent petition is filed which includes the reasons that
you believe that a partnership of life and love never existed in the marriage.
To assist you in surfacing possible grounds for nullity, a questionnaire of
several pages has been developed by the Tribunal for you to answer.
This material is then submitted to the Tribunal to determine if sufficient
proofs or grounds are present to accept the case and proceed with the inquiry.
If you have questions, please contact the Tribunal at (812) 424-5536 or (800)
Tribunal Officers and members of
Rev. J. Kenneth Walker, B.A., M.Div., M.C.L., J.C.L., Judicial Vicar and
Mary Gen Blittschau, B.A., M.A., M.C.L., J.C.L., Judge and Assistant to the
Rev. Joseph Erbacher, Defender of the Bond
Rev. Stephen Lintzenich, Judge
Rev. David Fleck, Judge
Rev. Michael Madden, Advocate
Rev. John H. Schipp, Advocate
Charleen Kaelin, Secretary and Ecclesiastical Notary
Gayle Spalding, Secretary and Ecclesiastical Notary