Effectively the Pope with his “reform” of the annulment process has created Catholic Divorce, thereby rendering the words of Christ about marriage null and void. A harsh judgment? Let’s take a look at the facts:
1. The Pope has made annulments free, which mean that all Catholics get to pay for them. This is obviously a come on for more people to go through the process.
2. Revoking the rule established by John Paul II, a decree of nullity can now be granted on grounds not pled by the party seeking a nullity. What this means is that the tribunal will now be hunting for reasons to render the marriage null, turning the process on its head.
3. The speeded up process is obviously intended to turn the process into a nullity granting machine. Making the local bishop the judge, subject to inevitable pressure from the Vatican, ensures this. Dropping automatic appeals is another sign of what is desired. It would take a very dense bishop, or a very courageous one, not to begin rubber stamping decrees of nullity.
4. The new laws are replete with phrases like “intended precisely to show the Church’s closeness to wounded families, desiring that the many that experience matrimonial failure are reached by Christ’s healing work through ecclesiastical structures.” which clearly indicates the result desired. The fix is in.
The end result of this farce is that mercy is available to those who wish to have a “get out of marriage free card” and those objecting to their marriage being tossed on the scrapheap by the Church can go pound sand as far as this Vatican is concerned. This is typical of the type of one sided “mercy” pushed by this Pope to a favored group while an opposing group receives the back of the papal hand. Unfortunately, one of the parties getting the back of the papal hand in this case is named Jesus Christ.