Posts Tagged ‘Roman Rota’

Pope calls for changes to marriage formation

Monday, October 1st, 2018

A ‘permanent catechumenate’ for marriage formation is needed, Pope Francis told a gathering organised by Diocese of Rome and the Roman Rota. The Rota is the Church’s highest appellate court which handles marriage nullity cases. A permanent catechumenate would guide couples beyond their marriage in preparation and celebration, into the first year of their life Read more

Former Vatican judge plea bargains

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

A former judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has accepted a plea bargain in an Italian criminal court. He faces a conditionally suspended sentence of one year and two months in prison on charges of sexual molestation and possession of child pornography. Read more Related Posts:Priest jailed for vandalizing US Navy Read more

Francis restores Rota’s power that JPII restricted

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Pope Francis has restored a capacity to the Vatican’s main marriage court that had been restricted by St John Paul II. In a December 7 rescript, Francis allowed the Roman Rota to grant an annulment even if the grounds for doing so weren’t the ones originally specified in the case under review. Before 1994, the Read more

Pope wishes that marriage annulments could be free of charge

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Pope Francis has said he wished that all marriage annulment processes could be free of charge. In an address to the Roman Rota in January, the Pope said: “The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. “And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament of matrimony. How I wish that all processes were free.” Read more

Lack of faith can harm marriage bond, says Benedict XVI

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI believes the world’s current crisis of faith in God has caused a crisis for the Christian vision of marriage, even to the extent that lack of faith could affect the validity of a marriage bond. “Faith in God, sustained by divine grace, is therefore a very important element for living in mutual Read more