Dispute in Vatican over pope's annulment changes

September 14, 2015
Source: District of the USA

Some high-ranking Vatican officials are expressing "grave dissatisfaction" with Pope Francis' motu proprio on annulments.

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Report: Vatican officials challenge pope over 'annulment' motu proprio

A 7-page dossier is making its rounds in the Roman Curia in which senior Vatican prelates express grave dissatisfaction with Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio on annulments.

The German newspaper Die Zeit reportedly obtained a copy of the dossier.

National Catholic Register’s Edward Pentin, respected Vatican journalist and author of The Rigging of the Vatican Synod?, notes in a recent report,

the officials juridically 'tear to pieces' the Pope's motu proprio on annulment reform, accuse the Holy Father of giving up an important dogma, and assert that he has introduced de facto 'Catholic divorce'."

Other concerns expressed by Vatican officials are:

  • "despite the gravity of the issue, no discasteries including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as well as bishops conferences, were consulted about the decision";
  • "The manner in which Francis released the document goes against the Pope's calls for synodality and collegiality, and resembles an ecclesialized 'Fuhrerprinzip,' ruling from the top down, by decree and without any consultation or without any checks";
  • Accusations of "unsettling developments" that claims Francis "circumvented" the regulated process for changing legislation for the universal Church. The dossier alleges that the papal commission enlisted to write the motu proprio had been ordered to keep silent about the document, for fear that others in the Curia, including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, would try to thwart its publication, or at least insist on significant changes to keep the instruction more in line with the traditional process.
  • The fear that the new looser process "will lead to a flood of annulments" that will facilitate Catholics exiting their marriages with little difficulty.
  • The controversial changes to the annulment process, which were scheduled to be discussed at the Synod (as noted in Sections 114 and 115 of the 2015 Working Document [Instrumentum Laboris—Ed.]), have been thrust into "legislation" by Francis prior to the event, thus preventing any objections from conservative bishops who oppose the new process.

Penton writes,

Although the need to streamline the annulments process gained a two-thirds consensus at last year’s synod, the report also points out that synod fathers loudly protested against the idea of a speedy process for determining the nullity of a marriage under the supervision of the local bishop. Now it is Church law, even before the synod could discuss it."

According to Penton, the report claims "A number of monsignors who are officially in charge of directing the affairs of the Church at large, are beside themselves." These Vatican officials "are also concerned about the vagueness of the motu proprio, especially the reasons for a speedy trial, such as 'lack of faith' or other motives that are not clearly defined."

Pentin goes on to report that the scandalous Kasper Proposal, to "allow" divorced and remarried Catholics access to the Eucharist, remains on the table for Synodal discussion. Kasper himself confirmed in a recent interview that the discussion is likely to take place. This is no surprise, as this proposal is laid out in Sections 122 and 123 of the 2015 Synod's Working Document.

Conclusion from SSPX.ORG

The preparation of the Synod has shown more clearly the incredible moral consequences of abandoning the revealed doctrine of Holy Mother Church. St. Paul warned us: ad fabulas convertentur. The next Synod for the Family in October might be in the future known as the Synod which destroyed families.

For all of us, prayers and sacrifices are the first necessary response in front of the scandals within the Church, especially when they come from the highest authorities. Let us ask ourselves: what will we say to Our Lord when, on our judgment day, he will ask us how we prepared for the Synod?