Bishop John Doerfler’s statement on the reform of canonical processes for the declaration of nullity of marriage
I welcome the modifications Pope Francis has announced to streamline the process for declarations of nullity of marriage (otherwise known as annulments). Earlier this year, I waived all fees for this process in the Diocese of Marquette, to make this ministry of healing more easily available to all who have undergone a civil divorce. Marriage is a permanent, life-long partnership between one man and one woman that is ordered to the good of spouses and having and raising children. However, sometimes there was something seriously deficient with the making of the marriage promises, or other impediment, and it was never a true marriage from the beginning. I encourage anyone who is divorced to contact a parish priest to seek healing and reconciliation through this ministry.
 
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