Pope Fires Canon Lawyer in the Roman Rota
Pope Francis has called for simpler procedures for divorce in the church, and criticized those who profit from annulments!
Vatican making and unmaking marriage!!
Easy annulments undercut value of marriage. The statistics are interesting. In 1968 there were in the U.S. a total of 338 annulments. In 1992 there were no less than 59,030, which is one hundred and seventy-five times as many. Another interesting figure. The total number of annulments in the Catholic Church worldwide in 1992 was 76,286, which means that no less than 75% of all annulments were from the U.S. that is from a little over 5% of the world’s Catholic population. Moreover, not only do one in two Catholic marriages here in the States end up with a divorce, but one in five is officially annulled, 90% of the demands for annulment being successful.
But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication (Sexual immorality), maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. Matthew 5:32 – DRV
Except it be: In the case of fornication, that is, of adultery, the wife may be put away: but even then the husband cannot marry another as long as the wife is living. Matthew 19:9 – DRV
Pope Gregory V could only say with his Lord: ‘What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.’ Almost a thousand years before, Jesus Christ had given to His disciples this, which seemed to them one of the hardest of his teachings.
Pope Leo XIII, Dum Multa – Dec. 24, 1902: “It follows then that the marriage of Christians when fully accomplished… cannot be dissolved for any reason other than the death of either spouse, according to the holy words: ‘What God has joined, let no man put asunder.’”1
According to Catholic dogma, the essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility. A marriage validly contracted and consummated is binding until death separates the spouses. “There is no such thing as the annulment of a consummated sacramental marriage. The expression is sometimes used inaccurately for the declaration of nullity of a union reputed to be a marriage but which upon examination is proved not to have been such. It’s important for us to understand that there is no such thing as “an annulment” of a consummated marriage, but only a declaration of nullity that a certain union never was a marriage to begin with if there is clear-cut evidence proving that a particular union was not validly contracted.
Canon 1014, 1917 Code of Canon Law: “Marriage enjoys the favor of law; therefore in doubt the validity of marriage is to be upheld until the contrary is proven, with due regard for the prescription of Canon 1127.
The reason must be grave and the evidence that there never was a valid marriage must be clear. That’s why only 338 annulments were granted in 1968 in the U.S., when the pre-Vatican II teaching on marriage was still held by most.
Pope Francis sacked Catholic official for profiting from divorce fees!
Pope Fires Canon Lawyer in the Roman Rota. 10k worth of legal work is too much for an annulment!
Pope Francis called for the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment procedures to be streamlined!
(The Telegraph) Pope Francis has dismissed a Catholic official for selling marriage annulments for thousands of pounds, in what the pontiff described as a “public scandal”.
The Pope made the surprise disclosure as he greeted canon lawyers taking part in a course on marriage dissolution, being conducted at the Vatican by the Roman Rota – the Church’s highest appeal court.
“I had to dismiss a person from a tribunal some time ago who said: ‘Give me $10,000 (£6,300) and I’ll take care of both the civil and ecclesiastical procedures,'” Francis told the group. “Please not this!”
Francis did not provide any more details about where or when the sacking occurred, as he spoke about the need to find simpler procedures for divorce in the church.
Less than a month ago issues surrounding marriage and annulment provoked fierce debate at the global bishops’ synod at the Vatican as several conservative cardinals reaffirmed their commitment to the “insolubility of marriage”.
Catholics who divorce in a civil court and remarry are currently prohibited from taking Communion. In the eyes of the Church their first marriages are still valid and so they are in effect committing adultery with their new partners.
On Wednesday Francis called for the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment procedures to be streamlined and even suggested the costs could be waived.
“When you attach economic interests to spiritual interests, it is not about God,” he said. “The mother church has so much generosity it could offer justice free of charge.”
Francis also spoke about the importance of fairness and accessibility to church tribunals.
He said many processes were “so long and so weighty” that many people became “discouraged” and abandoned the process altogether.
Using his home country of Argentina as an example, Francis said it had 15 dioceses with some up to 150 miles apart – and that meant ordinary people could not afford to take the time from work to go to court to pursue an annulment.
“The mother church must do justice and say, ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is void; or No, your marriage is valid’,” he said. “(She must) make a judgment.”
The pope also referred to the commission he established in August to study reform of the canonical matrimonial process and simpler procedures while safeguarding the “indissolubility of marriage”.
“A path of justice, and also charity, because there are so many people who need a word from the church about the marriage situation – be it a yes or a no – because this is just,” he said.
Vatican sources told the Italian news agency AdnKronos that the Rota Romana receives around 3,000 requests for marriage annulment every year and processing used to take up to six years.