Regarding the question of whether the process of offering nullities of marriage is merely judicial and possibly unnecessary, the cardinal stressed that the process pertains to “the very foundation of the life of the Church: the matrimonial union.” For those seeking to claim nullity of their marriage, he said, “the Church has to have an apt process to arrive at the truth about that claim,” whereby it can be established whether or not a marriage has been null. “But to simply have people come before what’s called an administrative process, or a so-called ‘pastoral process,’” one in which “people simply tell their story to a priest,” who then makes the decision with regard to their reception of the Sacraments – “how does that respect the truth of our Lord’s teaching about marriage?” “The marriage nullity process is the fruit of centuries of development, and by various expert canonists, one of the great ones being Pope Benedict XIV,” the cardinal said. “For us now simply to say we don’t need that anymore is the height of pride and therefore foolishness.” (Source)
It seems a lot of people are really hot and horny to “streamline” the process of annulments. I’m not so sure that is a good idea. The more “pastoral”, the easier, and the quicker it is to get one necessarily detracts from the seriousness of what marriage is. “Drive-by” annulments will, necessarily, diminish and demote the Catholic understanding of marriage.
It is not what is required. What is required is not some liberal, pastoral BS that makes annulments easier. What is needed is EVANGELIZATION on what marriage truly is. That’s a much harder road, but one which addresses the real problem.
An annulment mill – which is where some bishops are leading us – will simply make the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage a joke and hold it up to ridicule.
When you go to civil court, it costs money. I use to think that cost was an impediment to justice. Now, I have a different opinion. I believe that, when you have to fork out, it means you are serious and it separates the frivolous lawsuits from people who are really seeking justice and are will to sacrifice to get it.
Same deal with annulments i.e. going through the process (not so much the money).
Ultimately, a Christian is married to Jesus and the Church, and he or she will wait patiently while the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage in deliberating the case.