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I heard on the news today that Pope Francis is streamlining the process for granting annulments. Below are a few quotes from Crux about the changes that Pope Francis is calling for.

In two legal documents issued on Tuesday, Francis said that in tune with the desire of the bishops, who last October during Synod of Bishops on the family requested a simplification of the process, he’s decided to issue provisions “that favor not marriage annulments, but the speed of the
processes.”

People seeking an annulment have been required to go through a detailed process that some critics find cumbersome, lengthy, and invasive, not to mention occasionally expensive.

With the new legal document, Francis also called for the bishops to make the process free.

Last year Pope Francis called for a Synod on the family. People were asked to give their input on the needs of families to their diocese and that information was then sent on to the Vatican in preparation for the Synod. One of the issues raised in this process was a concern for how difficult and long the process for granting an annulment was. In response to this critique Pope Francis is making the process simpler and there will no longer be a fee asked for processing an annulment. The fee in our diocese had been $500. If a person was not able to pay the fee, the annulment process still went through.

I am grateful for the Pope’s pastoral response in this case. The changes to the annulment process will begin on December 8th of this year. The same day we begin the Year of Mercy. Hopefully there will be more information on this in the next issue of the Catholic Key.

CFP and CGS started this week. The Bible Study for adults began Wednesday. Catholicism for Catholics begins this week. It is good to see parishioners of all ages continuing to take time to learn about scripture and about our Church. If you haven’t taken time to enroll your kids in our CFP or CGS programs you can still do that. You can join the Catholicism class at any time. If you are not Catholic and have considered joining our church, it is not too late to take part in the RCIA process.

Have a great week.

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