Thursday, September 24, 2015

CATHOLIC CHURCH ANNULMENT: EASIER AND MIGHT BE FREE SOON?


CATHOLIC CHURCH ANNULMENT, EASIER AND MIGHT BE FREE SOON?


Via New York Times Pope Francis announced new procedures on Tuesday to make it easier for Roman Catholics to obtain marriage annulments, a move intended to streamline a process long criticized by many Catholics as too cumbersome, complicated and expensive.




The new rules take effect on Dec. 8 and are expected to speed up cases in which neither spouse is contesting the annulment. These fast-track cases may be heard as soon as 30 days after a couple files an application, and at most within 45 days.


The new procedures also eliminate one of the two church trials that are required of all couples seeking an annulment, a process that can drag on for years, at great cost.


Pope Francis said the changes in the annulment process were motivated by "concern for the salvation of souls," and particularly "charity and mercy" toward those who feel alienated from the Church because of their marriage situations and the perceived complexity of the Church's annulment process.

Conditions include: when it is clear one or both parties lacked the faith to give full consent to a Catholic marriage; when the woman had an abortion to prevent procreation; remaining in an extramarital relationship at the time of the wedding or immediately afterward; one partner hiding knowledge of infertility, a serious contagious disease, children from a previous union or a history of incarceration; and when physical violence was used to extort consent for the marriage.
<p>Archbishop Oscar Cruz, head of the National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal of the Philippine Catholic bishops' conference. (File photo by Roi Lagarde)<span class="aVW"> <span id=":29a"></span><br /></span></p>
Catholic Archbishop Oscar Cruz, head of the National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal of the Philippine Catholic bishops' conference.

CIVIL ANNULMENT, HOW MUCH IS THE COST?

Via ABS-CBN, according to Atty. Lorna Kapunan, a family lawyer, even if church annulments will be free of charge, a couple still has to spend a lot of money for a civil annulment.


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