Pope says church courts too lax with annulments

U.S. church worst culprit
Pope Benedict XVI has called for greater consistency in the granting of annulments, suggesting that Catholic church authorities in some countries have been too lax in declaring marriages void. The pope apparently did not cite U.S. dioceses, though they handle more than half of all annulments worldwide.

Benedict made his remarks January 26 to members of the Roman Rota, the highest church panel with authority in marriage cases, at a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year.

Warning against “subjective and arbitrary interpretations” of church law governing marriage, the pope insisted that the “same general principles and norms of justice must be applied” in all cases.


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