Nullity Just Got
Easier for Catholics
Divorce and nullity of marriage have always been difficult in the Catholic Church. In 1534 the Pope refused to grant King Henry VIII of England a divorce or annulment from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry responded by creating the Anglican Church of England. Over five hundred years later divorce attorneys and the state have still made divorce and nullity difficult and expensive. Fortunately legal document assistant registration has been created by the legislature to provide people with low cost divorce and nullity of marriage.
Pope Francis has been modernizing the Church to protect children and make divorce and nullity of marriage easier for Catholics. The Church has always been tough on believers and marriage. My mother was forbidden to participate in the holy sacraments for marrying a non-Catholic. I can still feel my mother’s heartache in not being able to participate in Holy Communion every Sunday Morning.
Popes and lawyers have always made divorce and the law difficult. However now petitioner and respondent can divorce or obtain a nullity of marriage and not be forced to permanently also divorce themselves from the Church.
According to Catholic doctrine marriage is forever. The Church requires a formal annulment process and Pope Francis has admitted that there are two main reasons to grant a divorce. Domestic violence and abuse and infidelity. Therefore the Pope is streamlining the nullity of marriage process.
To obtain annulment a Catholic must provide evidence that the marriage was flawed from the outset. Petitioner must show that the divorce was a sham, that respondent manipulated petitioner by falsely claiming that she was pregnant. Or something like that. The procedures for obtaining an annulment are bureaucratic, expensive and arcane.
What is the Definition of Nullity?
Nullity is an act or thing that is legally void, or a thing of no importance or worth.
Of course this move by the Church is an attempt to keep people in the Church because in recent years membership in the Church has dropped. Many Catholics cite the Church’s position on divorce, abortion and other social issues as the reason. This is obviously a political move, albeit a welcome political move.