08 September 2015

UPDATED: Three things to read about Pope Francis' reforms for delcaring the nullity of marriage

With the release today of the two letters motu proprio (Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus), the Holy Father Pope Francis has introduced what he calls "provisions that favour not the nullity of marriage but rather the speed of processes, along with the appropriate simplicity, so that the heart of the faithful who await clarification of their status is not long oppressed by the darkness of doubt due to the lengthy wait for a conclusion."

Because the Holy Father has reformed the canonical process of declaring the nullity of marriage with these two letters, Jimmy Akin has put together a very useful - and, per his usual methodology, thorough - list of 9 things to know and share about the process for the declaring the nullity of marriage and its reform. Before you read any media headlines about what Pope Francis has done (most of which you shouldn't believe anyway), be sure to read Jimmy's post for the necessary background information.

After you've read Jimmy's post, be sure to read what the highly respected canonist Dr. Ed Peters says in his first look at Mitis Iudex, in which he points what is new in the reforms initiated by the Holy Father and what really is not new.

UPDATE: After taking a second, more careful look at Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, Dr. Peters discusses several concerns about some possible implications or perceptions of Pope Francis' reforms of the canonical process for declaring marriage nullity.

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