The thrust of such a ministry must have taken into consideration that the widowed, the separated, the "divorced," and the "divorced and remarried" constitute groups of persons in entirely different circumstances.
Widowed, Separated and Divorced This is an excellent, inspiring pastoral letter written by the late Bishop Sullivan of Baton Rouge, LA. The Church must make God's mercy incarnate in the lives of her faithful and, as far as possible, in the lives of all people of good will.
Milan Mikulich, OFM, STD, January - March 1981 The Church in our time must bear witness to the mercy of God revealed in Jesus Christ and must profess it as a truth of faith and as essential for a life in harmony with faith.
Jesus himself taught that marriage is permanent (Matthew 19:3-6), and St.
Paul reinforced this teaching (see 1 Cor -11 and Eph -32). Divorced Catholics in good standing with the Church, who have not remarried or who have remarried following an annulment, may receive the sacraments. What support does the Church offer to divorced persons?
Since the marriage vow is until “death,” an annulment is not necessary.