Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pope Francis joins ARRCC in simplifying marriage annulment process

 Rome 8 September 2015 (ORCNS) - Pope Francis has approved new measures that greatly simplify the tribunal process for the annulment of marriages. The approach adopted by the Holy Father has been in use within the Patriarchate of St. Stephen, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, for years and has been very effective in both ensuring standards in the determination of invalidity of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and maintaining an appropriate pastoral approach in the care of souls. The Holy Father's new policy, applicable to the Latin Rite of the Roman Communion, states that only one sentence of nullity is required, only one judge is required, and the bishop himself can serve as the judge. The more straightforward the case of nullity, the more streamlined the process can be. Also, it is intended that fees be minimalized and only be what is necessary for just remuneration of the tribunal workers. This is a positive move that will doubtless help many who are in financial need. The ARRCC has long had the process of funding tribunal efforts itself, charging fees only when necessary for the expenses of the court. Also, the Holy Father's appellate process is similar to that of the ARRCC. A Metropolitan See may hear an appeal, and then further to the Apostolic See.

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