Annulments

Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Called the Enemy of the Pope, Which I Am Not’ A conversation with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

By Ross Douthat, New York Times, November 9, 2019 In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the... read more

Lay Group Asks Archbishop Scicluna to Discipline Pro-LGBT Priest The Maltese archbishop has yet to respond to concerns generated by Father Kevin Schembri’s televised comments in March.

By: Edward Pentin, May 23, 2019, National Catholic Register A lay group of Maltese Catholics has taken out a full-page advertisement in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, calling on Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to discipline one of his priests for recently expressing heterodox... read more

Amoris Laetitia: “An Assault upon the Sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament” (Only Our Lady Can Help Us Now)

Written by Fr. Robert Bruicciani, SSPX UK Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? (Jn 6:67-68) My Dear Brethren, Authority of Christ When Jesus taught, He taught with authority. He had authority by right because He... read more

The End of Catholic Marriage

By Ross Douthat, December 1, 2016 I haven’t written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture what’s happening in Roman Catholicism’s remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column talked a bit about the way... read more

Marriage, Validity, and Invalidity

By Howard Kainz, July 2, 2016 In an interview with the Jesuit magazine America (September, 2013), Pope Francis described the Church as a “field hospital after battle,” in which the immediate necessity is to “start from the ground up” and “heal the wounds.” Then, “we can talk about... read more

Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

By Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap., June 18, 2016 In Light of the Law Blog The pope’s most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but let’s address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor... read more

Pope Francis Streamlines the Annulment Process

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? By Philip C.L. Gray, March 2016 On September 8, 2015, Pope Francis significantly changed the way the Church handles cases of marriage nullity, commonly known as annulments. His motu proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus effected these changes in the Western (Latin)... read more

The Latest Pope Francis Controversy and Why Non-Catholics Should Care

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Apr. 12, 2016 Non-Catholics may be wondering why Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love,” has Catholics in an uproar. Has the Pope changed Catholic doctrine? Has he left the doctrine officially intact, but changed pastoral... read more

Exclusive Interview: Bishop Athanasius Schneider on Evangelization, Zika, Freemasonry, the Orthodox & More!

BY DANIEL BLACKMAN,  MARCH 3, 2016 London, UK: The well-known and much respected auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, Athanasius Schneider, has given a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview during his week-long tour of England this past week. Bishop Schneider spoke exclusively to me,... read more

Francis affirms indissolubility of marriage, objectivity of annulment conditions

CNA, January 23, 2016 The Pontiff's words yesterday to the Roman Rota are significant for affirming that a “minimum of faith” is not required for a valid marriage between the baptized Pope Francis greets members of the Roman Rota during a meeting inaugurating the judicial year at the... read more

Psychological Science and the Evaluation of Nullity

By Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons, November 9, 2015 Many Catholic families had hoped that the Synod on the Family would address the serious problem of the divorce epidemic and its long-term damage to youth, innocent spouses, the sacrament of marriage, the culture, and the Church. The divorce plague has... read more