Pope simplifies annulment process; urges that it be free

Reforms in cost, speed, and simplicity of procedures will lift ‘oppressed shadow of doubt’

By Jeannie Petrus, CT editor and combined CNS reports

Pope Francis has reformed rules for marriage annulment cases, -- making the process free, briefer, and more simple. The reforms came in response to calls that bishops from around the world have been making since before the 1980 Synod of Bishops on the family convoked by St. John Paul II.