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The changes modify the procedures for obtaining annulments in two key ways:
Catholics have long complained that it can take years to get an annulment, if they can get one at all.
The 11-member commission, the Vatican said, will work to simplify and streamline the process of annulment "while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage.
Then, maybe, they will not need a good-healthy-sanctified annulment or divorce.
I know that the fee has stood in the way for many who are in need of an annulment," said a March 31 letter from Bishop David Zubik to Catholics in his diocese.
Rauch wrote a book in which she called annulments a "hypocritical" practice.
The process starts at the parish level of the spouse wishing the annulment.
Annulments are the church's attempt to recognize and honor the permanence of the sacramental bond, while exercising a kind of disciplined compassion for those who did not experience it and hope to try again.
23 warned the Vatican's top marriage judges that they should not "lock the salvation of persons within the straits of legalism" and indicated he wants the church to no longer charge for the sometimes onerous and expensive annulment process.
Rather than considering the detrimental effect on respect for the sacrament of marriage which is caused by the scandal of almost automatic annulment, and the cynicism produced in some, those handling the annulments concentrate on sympathy for their clients, or often just for the one initiating the annulment.
Some 6,000 annulments take place each year and President Ricardo Lagos and his wife both got annulments of their previous marriages.
The two women's divergent views about annulments and the annulment process depict just a portion of the viewpoints that U.