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Changes in the Annulment Process, October 2015
THE APPEAL to the ROMAN ROTA is your opportunity to challenge Catholic annulment by appealing the decision of the First Instance Court that your marriage sacrament was not valid.
Pope Francis wrote a “Post- Synod Letter (2015), "Amoris Laetitia” (Latin for “The Joy of Love”). Included in this document are new changes to the annulment process. The new changes appear to simplify the annulment process for Rome. Save Our Sacrament has hope that these changes will be beneficial to Respondents in the long-term. But it will take a while for the Tribunal system to work out the glitches that have resulted from these new changes. In both the local and Appeal processes some changes that could make the annulment process even more difficult for the Respondent.
Two Changes are:
SOS continues to advise Respondents to Appeal to the Roman Rota, which is still your right despite what the local tribunal may tell you.
Further information about the Pope's changes can be read via Google:
Links re "Amoris Laetitia” (Latin for “The Joy of Love”)
AMORIS LAETITIA, "The Joy of Love" can be ordered via Amazon or read online (all 264 pages)
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Mar 19, 2016 -AMORIS LAETITIA. Of the Holy Father, Francis. To Bishops, Priests, and Deacons
In Amoris Laetitia, Francis' model of conscience empowers Catholics
Pope Francis'Post Synod (2015) Letter / article about
Apr 8, 2016 - ...Amoris Laetitia,Latin for The Joy of Love. Host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton talk with Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ, senior analyst atNational Catholic Reporter, about what the pope ...
Bishop's Page (USCCB) about the document
Articles About the New Changes
Synod offers striking softening to remarried, proposing individual discernment
Joshua J. McElwee | National Catholic Reporter Oct. 24, 2015
Included in this article: “Catholic teaching says that acts of governance in the church can take place either in an internal or external forum. The Internal Forum is the forum of conscience, where a decision is made in private counseling with a priest without a formal decree or any sort of publicity. The Synod offers an important softening to remarried, proposing individual discernment. Pope Francis concluded the Synod saying to the bishops “The Synod experience … made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness”.
Pope Francis’ Annulment Reform
by Andrea Gagliarducci
June 13, 2016
Annulment Process to Be Less Costly, with 'Correct Simplicity'
by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service America magazine
Pope reaffirms annulment reforms as they come into effect
by Catholic News Service Catholic Herald/UK
Before the Pope’s Letter
Synod document from the October 2015 Synod of Bishops
The entire document can be accessed via Google at :
This final Synod document deals with many issues families face throughout the world. The bishops attending the October 2015 Synod wrote that they give Pope Francis the final say on the document and asked "humbly” that he consider writing a document of his own about the family. Which he did (above).
Each of the 94 paragraphs of the document were adopted by those attending the Synod, with the required two-thirds vote.