Pope’s annulment reforms run into Italian snag

A working group involving the Vatican and Italian dioceses has been set up to interpret Pope Francis’s reform of the marriage annulment process.

As part of the reform, Pope Francis repealed aspects of a motu proprio from Pope Pius XI that set up regional tribunals in Italy.

In the wake of Francis’s reforms, the Roman Rota required that 220 diocesan tribunals in Italy be established as soon as possible.

But the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s supreme tribunal, has maintained that the regional tribunals continue to function.

Many Italian bishops favour the continuation of the regional tribunals, which allows dioceses to share resources.

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