Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

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September 8, 2015

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, gestures at a press conference for the release of Pope Francis' documents concerning changes to marriage annulments at the Vatican Sept. 8. Pope Francis approved rewriting sections of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches to make the annulment process quicker, less expensive and more pastoral. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ANNULMENT-REFORM Sept. 8, 2015.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, gestures at a press conference for the release of Pope Francis’ documents concerning changes to marriage annulments at the Vatican Sept. 8. Pope Francis approved rewriting sections of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches to make the annulment process quicker, less expensive and more pastoral. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said.

Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, but the quickness of the processes, as well as a correct simplicity” of the procedures so that Catholic couples are not “oppressed by the shadow of doubt” for prolonged periods.

The Vatican released Sept. 8 the texts of two papal documents, “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, the Gentle Judge”) for the Latin-rite church and “Mitis et misericors Iesus,” (“The Meek and Merciful Jesus”) for the Eastern Catholic churches.

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