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annulment

a formal invalidation, as of a marriage, judicial proceeding, etc.
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They also may represent the most public difference yet between Francis and his predecessors Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who had sought to limit the number of annulments in fear of creating a sort of back-door divorce process for Catholics.
Delivering a speech to a closed meeting of cardinals last February, Kasper suggested that Catholics who remarry without an annulment, a church declaration that the first marriage was invalid and thus never existed, might receive Communion after a period of penance.
Seeking annulments in the Roman Catholic church tend to be "complicated and archaic.
It was Rudy Giuliani's first marriage, to Regina Peruggi, that was ended by a civil divorce in 1982 and a subsequent annulment a year or so later, not as Coontz wrote, his second.
Instead of creating a ritual of annulment, shouldn't we make a more intricate and enlightening ritual of the entwining itself?
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh diocese has eliminated all fees for those seeking an annulment in the diocese.
But it's an open secret that annulments, once granted infrequently on grounds such as mental illness or lack of sexual contact, are granted more easily than ever before, and for broader reasons.
Annulment of a previous marriage is required by the Church when a divorced Catholic wishes to remarry in a Sacramental marriage within the Church.
Annulments strike many Catholics as a morally dishonest loophole.
Harrington also correctly observes that Protestants' introduction of divorce was not as dramatic a departure as is often believed; legal separations and annulments had been possibilities under Canon law long before Luther.
This is a point I want to emphasize: The sacraments are free," Francis told jurists of the Roman Rota, the church's final court of appeals for annulments.
3) lists several reasons for the skyrocketing number of annulments in the United States, as found in his review of Robert Vasoli's What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in the Church: