In an interview with the Jesuit journal The united states (September, 2013), Pope Francis defined the Church as a “field medical facility after conflict,” where the quick necessity is to “start from the floor up” and “heal the injuries.”

Next, “we can discuss the rest.”

Truly, a major “battle surface” when it comes to Church has-been the household. But could the pope’s view in a recently available target for the pastoral congress with the Diocese of Rome that “the big most marriages today commonly appropriate” be true? (Note: the Vatican after changed the transcript to say a great number or part instead “the big vast majority.”) Probably certainly, yet not for grounds he reported.

A legitimate, sacramental, consummated matrimony cannot become demolished.

Is it possible that declarations of nullity maybe made, after software to diocesan tribunals, for around 50 % of the marriages happening in Church in our time?

There were various situations that could be cause for annulment, but are presumably rather rare (many of these are even considered grounds for annulments by civil authorities): Consanguinity, e.g., between an uncle/niece, aunt/nephew, stepfather/stepdaughter or first cousins; “shotgun” marriages; under-age marriages (a girl under 14 or boy under 16, according to Church law); convenience marriages to gain citizenship; a solemn vow of celibacy; relationships to in-laws; relationships from adoption; special-case impotence (with a chosen spouse, because of disparities in size between their unique sexual organs); mistaken identity (e.g. the wrong mail-order bride shows up). Or somebody might get married consuming medicines, like LSD. And/or marriage had not been consummated.

These types of instances are difficult to assume as constituting a substantial portion of “annulable” marriages. But more regular and severe conditions are believed in Monsignor Michael Smith Foster’s publication, Annulment: the marriage That Was : the chapel Can Declare a wedding Null. Continue reading