The first “shorter process” for the declaration of nullity of a marriage, according to the procedures reformed by Pope Francis, has terminated. The judgment was given by the Archbishop of Bologna, Msgr. Matthew Zuppi. The “little book”, that is, the request to initiate a trial before the Flaminio Ecclesiastic Regional Court, having jurisdiction in the diocese of Bologna and Romagna, had been deposited on March 18; four months and two days later, the proceedings have been concluded.
“Thus was achieved one of the goals strongly desired by Pope Francis, that is, shortening the time of the process to meet the expectations of the people wounded by the failure of their marital experience”, explains the Curia. The groundings of the procedure remains the “unchanged doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage, because only when nullity is obtained through a standart process, the judgment can be passed.”
In addition to speeding up the process, Pope Francis’ reform makes the Ecclesiastical Court open to people because the interrogations take place in the Curias of the territories where the applicants are resident. This first example, the statement says, has demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of the reform of the canonical process for the causes of nullity of marriage, which entered into force on December 8, “offering an additional service to the truth of marriage and to the good of the family”.