The Pope established a new commission at the Roman Rota. Its task will be to help in the application of the provisions on marriage annulment, which were reformed in 2015. The committee will be chaired by the current dean of Rota, Fr. Alejandro Arellano Cedillo.
Francis returns to the subject six years after the publication of the motu proprio “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus”, with which he reformed the canonical process in cases of annulment of marriage. The reform consisted not only in simplifying the legal procedure itself, but also in entrusting more responsibility to local bishops, which accelerated the process and made it more accessible to the parties. Now – as we read in the Motu Proprio – Francis wants to give changes a “new impetus” in the Italian dioceses and support them in accepting the reform.
The Holy Father emphasizes that the judicial service of a bishop should always assume closeness between the judge and the faithful, therefore each bishop should strive to create a separate tribunal in his diocese. The commission, on the other hand, will take care of delegating and separating competent members of the tribunals so that the processes run more efficiently.
Amoris laetitia, or the chaos continues