Annulments to be speeded up

10 September 2015 | by Christopher Lamb
Pope Francis announced a substantive reform of marriage nullity procedures on Tuesday that will allow the process to be quicker, less expensive and give increased power to local Churches.  With two documents, issued motu proprio (“by his own initiative”), Francis has removed the requirement for an automatic review of each nullity decision while allowing a local bishop to offer a speedy declaration where both parties agree on the nullity of the marriage and the details of the case are straightforward. With the removal of the automatic appeal of each decision, a single judgment is considered sufficient with one judge, working under the bishop, to be appointed to oversee this process. This does not, however, remove the right of a party to appeal a decision. The cha

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