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Pope to release new annulment procedure

Commission of canon lawyers spent the past year studying ways to simplify the process


 
Tony Gentile/Reuters

Tony Gentile/Reuters

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday will release a new streamlined process for annulling marriages after he — and generations of Catholics before him — complained that the church’s current system is cumbersome, costly and often unfair.

The Vatican said Francis would release the new rules after a commission of canon lawyers spent the past year studying ways to simplify the process while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage.

Church teaching holds that Catholics can remarry only if their first marriage is declared invalid by a church tribunal. Catholics have long complained that it can take years to get an annulment, if they can get one at all.

Francis has already called for annulments to be free, saying all Catholics have the right to justice from the church.

 


 

Pope to release new annulment procedure

  1. What a stupid process. To pretend a marriage never occurred….some of these marriages produced children and in the case of Catholic marriages where contraception was no-no, they produced a lot of children, often up to a dozen. If the process no longer makes money for the church, why are they even bothering to continue it. Just abolish it. It was supposed to be for young couples who made a big mistake and learned earlier on and perhaps deserved a second chance. It has become a mockery of the church’s stance on remarriage after divorce.

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