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Vatican newspaper draws attention to administrative procedures to dissolve marriage

March 17, 2017

The Vatican publishing house has republished a work on administrative canonical procedures that can dissolve a marriag, and the Vatican newspaper has published a strongly positive review of the work.

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Msgr. Piero Amenta’s Administrative Procedures in Canonical Marriage Cases discusses the canonical norms (canons 1141 ff.) related to the dissolution of an unconsummated marriage and a marriage that can be dissolved in favorem fidei (in favor of the faith).

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, reviewer Francesco Catozzella said that pastors of souls need to have a knowledge of these norms in order to practice the pastoral art of accompaniment recommended by Pope Francis.


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Mar. 18, 2017 12:37 PM ET USA

    "Dissolve" !!! Since when did the Church receive the power to dissolve marriages? Recognize that thy didn't exist in the first place, OK. Allow a person to remarry in favor of the Faith and leave another pre-existing sacramental marriage, No. Pauline privilege, leaving a pagan relationship as the only way to become a Christian, Yes. church But "dissolve" is not the word. A "declaration of nullity" is. The reckless element in the Church keeps reaching further and further.

  • Posted by: Erusmas - Mar. 18, 2017 6:08 AM ET USA

    A valid marriage can be dissolved if it has not been consummated.

  • Posted by: rangefar6681 - Mar. 17, 2017 6:54 PM ET USA

    Language is important. It is inappropriate to speak of "dissolving a marriage". If a marriage exists, it cannot be dissolved. What is appropriate is to refer to the Church's authority to discern that a marriage never existed in the eyes of God in the first place.