A canonist's critique of the new 'fast-track' annulment process
(Actually Peters posted a quick response almost immediately after the papal documents were released. But that first merely noted that most of the changes were not dramatic. Peters promised yesterday that he would have more to say about the one quite dramatic change, the “fast-track” option. Again, it’s here.
The danger, Peters argues, is that the accelerated process tends to downplay the fact that the inquiry must be a legal proceeding, leading to a finding of fact as to whether or not a real marriage took place. That danger is complicated, Peters continues, by the fact that in offering reasons for the shorter process, Pope Francis lists some factors that would be grounds for annulment, and others that would not.
Read the whole post. It’s an antidote to confusion that’s already widespread, and likely to spread further.
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Posted by: feedback -
Sep. 11, 2015 1:41 PM ET USA
Thanks for the links to Ed Peters blog. The new addition that allows formal objections to the annulment of one of the already civilly divorced parties actually does add an element of human dignity to the process. Paradoxically, it will extend and potentially complicate the procedure instead of "streamlining" it. Personally I like it; it says that the Church is a loving Mother who listens to all, and I hope that it will prevent some people from abandoning the Faith after a divorce and annulment.
Posted by: koinonia -
Sep. 09, 2015 2:33 PM ET USA
Moving forward perhaps prayers might redoubled against confusion. The life of the Christian, that of faith, involves confidence. Not confidence looking horizontally: "Pull together and WE can do anything!" The baptized might realize a vocation to confidence by living the life of grace so abundant through the Church's sacraments. "Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini." Humility involves confidence. Confidence enables humility to be a joy. We're called to be humble, confident and joyful.
Posted by: AgnesDay -
Sep. 09, 2015 2:04 PM ET USA
I have bookmarked Ed. Peters' blog. Thanks.