Shorter annulment process isn’t about shortcuts, cardinals say

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October 20, 2015

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 17. The pope outlined his vision for how the entire church must be "synodal" with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. From left are: Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary of the Synod of Bishops on the family; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the synod; Pope Francis; and Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, relator for the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-SYNOD-CHURCH Oct. 17, 2015.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The pope outlined his vision for how the entire church must be “synodal” with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. From left are: Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary of the Synod of Bishops on the family; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the synod; Pope Francis; and Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, relator for the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The reforms to the annulment process introduced by Pope Francis serve only to avoid delays in cases where marriages are clearly not valid, two synod fathers said.

Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain, and Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, told journalists at a Vatican news conference Oct. 20 that the new process has safeguards against any improper shortcuts.

Cardinal Martinez Sistach, who is a canon lawyer, said the brief process starts more quickly, but if it is seen that it will not be simple or straightforward to arrive at the truth, then the case will follow the longer “ordinary” process.

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