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Pope Francis addresses annulment

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ANNULMENT. It is a profound, life-changing process for a Catholic to divorce and then remarry within the Church. And traditionally, Church teaching held that unless a divorced and remarried Catholic obtained an annulment, they were seen as committing adultery, and, among other things, could not receive some sacraments. Pope Francis has broken new ground on the thorny annulment issue, both ... Read More »

What is the process required to have a marriage annulled?  

We know what an annulment is and what it is not, but how does the Tribunal decide whether a marriage is null?  Paul Shogren explains in the third instalment of Marriage Matters. Transcript: The process to have a marriage declared null, which is a better way of putting it, is quite simple really. The Tribunal has the task of obtaining as ... Read More »

What exactly is an annulment?

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Paul Shogren is back with another episode of Marriage Matters, this time to explain what an annulment is and what it is not. Transcript: Question:  We hear the word all the time, but what exactly is an annulment? Answer: An annulment, or to use the more precise term, a declaration of nullity, is a determination by a Church Tribunal (or in certain ... Read More »

Ten questions about Amoris Laetitia with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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What is God’s plan for the family, how does the Church support couples in crisis, and what should be the role of priests regarding failing marriages?  Archbishop Mark Coleridge has answered 10 questions about the apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). 1. Pope Francis writes eloquently about how forming a family means being part of God’s dream, joining ... Read More »

Synod report ‘clear and compassionate’, Archbishop Coleridge says

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ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge said the Synod of Bishops had provided Pope Francis with a “clear and compassionate” report summarising more than two years of discussion on the Church’s approach to modern families. Archbishop Coleridge has returned to Brisbane after almost a month in Rome, where he was among more than 270 bishops discussing issues including the role of divorced and ... Read More »

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

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WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the 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, ... Read More »

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