A very smart priest friend sent me a note this morning with two pieces of good news regarding Pope Francis. I’ll simply share what he sent…. no, wait… I’ll share the first piece of good news. I may post the second in another post.
1. For Pope Francis, understanding
the nature of marriage is a criterion in investigating a marriage’s validity
Cardinal Kasper’s thesis was to let people decide for themselves if their previous marriage was null and void.
This article makes three points:
In his speech, Pope Francis
1. maintained that an understanding of the nature of marriage is a criterion by which to judge the validity of a marriage
Obviously if you don’t understand what the duties and obligations of marriage are, you can’t give consent.
2. asked for an increase of the number of canon lawyers available at local tribunals;
Speaks for itself.
But also why bother with Canon Lawyers and Tribunals if you accept Kasper’s “Wild West” / ” grant yourself an unofficial annulment” solution?
3. and that the availability of services free of charge be increased.
It seems bizarre to me that the parishes are charged for the running costs of the Diocesan Offices – and then people applying for annulments are charged.
Access to the sacraments should be free of charge.
A pity Pope Francis doesn’t remind Cardinal Kasper and the other German Bishops this.
BTW… Pope Francis’ remarks about the cost of “annulments” were a departure from his prepared text. He said: “How I would like all marriage processes to be free-of-charge.” That’s a desire, it isn’t an edict. Let us not forget that someone has to pay the bills in order to keep a tribunal open.