The marriage counselor at the Washington, D.C., Catholic archdiocese says she can’t explain why her office has not received a court order for her to issue a marriage certificate for a client who is divorced.
Catherine M. Murphy, who serves as the Washington director of the Catholic Family and Human Services department, told The Washington Post that she doesn’t know why she hasn’t been given a court authorization to issue the marriage license for her client.
She said she could not comment on specific cases because of the pending litigation.
The marriage license, which would be issued to the same person, could not be seen by the public until Monday.
“I’m trying to get the paperwork in front of the court,” Murphy said.
“My office is in the process of processing the paperwork.”
She said that she was unable to explain the delay in obtaining the license to the media.
“It’s not because I don.t. want to,” Murphy told The Post.
“But I don?t want to get into a legal argument.
We’re trying to be very responsive.”
In December, the Washington Post reported that the Catholic Church had requested that a marriage counselor issue a “Certificate of Divorce” for a woman who was legally married and who was divorcing.
The woman, who would be referred to only by her initials, C.D., told the Post that the issue had nothing to do with her marriage, but that she and her husband were unhappy with her.
“She was not married to me,” she said of the woman who had filed for divorce.
“And I did not want to have any more children.”
The woman said she had received an order for a divorce from the archdiocesan archdiolic authority on Dec. 20, 2014, after she filed for a new divorce from her husband.
A court clerk said that the divorce was valid because the woman and her former husband were living together and had been married for three years.
The document did not indicate whether the marriage had been annulled.
A spokesman for the archbishop, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was “aware of this situation.”
“I would be very interested to learn more about it, especially since it has come to my attention that C.C. may have been the one who filed for the divorce and that the document is a duplicate of the divorce application,” the spokesman said.
Murphy told the newspaper that she had been working with the court clerk for more than two years, and that she is currently in the midst of processing her client’s divorce petition.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to the Washington archdietary office for comment and will update this story if we hear back.