- Sep 21, 2020
The press for a synod of the Italian Church is coming from the Primate of Italy himself, meaning the pope, and his closest allies.
Italian bishops deliver excuses on streamlining marriage annulments and reducing the number of dioceses, but bring results on child protection.
Pope Francis on Monday read bishops the riot act for failing to implement a revised marriage annulment procedure he rolled out in 2015, saying that after four years, most dioceses have not applied the new process.
On Tuesday Pope Francis celebrated those quiet success stories of marriage, saying they may not make headlines but they do offer a “daily sermon” about the power of unity and fidelity.
Implementation of Pope Francis’s abbreviated process for declaring the nullity of a marriage got off to a slow start, Vatican statistics showed, but his encouragement for making the annulment process free for petitioners fared better.
The changes in canon law Pope Francis made to ensure that marriage annulment cases were handled more quickly, more pastorally and with less expense mean that some changes should be made in the way Church law is taught, said the Congregation for Catholic Education.