- Jun 14, 2021
The potential loss of money and authority are often at the heart of the opposition against reforming the Catholic Church’s annulment process, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis updated the laws that govern the Vatican judicial system in an effort to establish greater transparency and independence, particularly in financial and criminal matters.
If many Catholics marry today without fully understanding the permanence of their bond and the grace of the sacrament, it partly is the fault of bishops and priests who did not give them the best teachers — committed married couples filled with the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.
The sacrament of marriage cannot be “improvised,” but must be prepared for, nourished and supported throughout the couple’s journey, Pope Francis said.
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.
Pope Francis has stressed the need for ongoing formation for couples, before and after marriage, saying that even the basic teachings of the Church “could not be taken for granted.”
A judge of the Vatican’s highest appeals court has accepted a plea bargain for a conditionally suspended sentence of one year and two months on charges of sexual molestation and possession of child pornography.
Pope Francis emphasized the importance of conscience and reiterated his call for a “marriage catechumenate” during his annual address to the Roman Rota, the Vatican court that handles appeals in marriage annulment cases.