Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2014 / 12:09 am .- Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the procedure while maintaining the indissolubility of marriage, the Holy See Press Office announced Saturday.

According to Vatican Radio, the decision was made on Aug. 2 of this year and the commission will be chaired by Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota.

“The work of the commission will start as soon as possible and will have as its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony,” read a Sept. 20 statement from the Vatican.

Members of the commission will include: Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Archbishop Luis rancisco Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Bishop Dimitri Salachas, Apostolic Exarch of the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church; Monsignors Maurice Monier, Leo Xavier Michael Arokiaraj and Alejandro W. Bunge, Prelate Auditors of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota;

Other members of the commission are: Father Nikolaus Schoch, Substitute Promotor of Justice of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; Father  Konstanc Miroslav Adam, rector of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Father Jorge Horta Espinoza, dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University Antoniamum; and Paolo Moneta, formerly professor of Canon Law at the University of Pisa.

The announcement was made as bishops prepare to convene at the Vatican next month to discuss modern challenges to marriage and family. Reflecting on the official theme “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 synod was called for by Pope Francis last year.


  1. rocelyn Reply

    nice poh at gusto q poh xa.

  2. Rose Henscheid Reply

    This is great news. I was married for 25 years to an abusive man. It took 6 years of divorce proceedings. Annulment process is still in process after 2 1/2 years. This is nearly 10 years of my life. I am engaged and my life is still in limbo and not receiving communion. My ex is stalking us and texting me in the middle of the night…. Please please hurry 0:)

  3. Edith Hernandez Reply

    I pray that the Holy Spirit guides the Committe which was assigned to streamline marriage to our brothers and sisters who have been divorced and remarried and want to participate in their Catholic faith. JESUS, I Trust in You!!!

  4. Tampaa fidelis Reply

    Thankful for all your inspiration and guidance,reviwing the marriage in the catholic faith will be helpful to the youth,also l will be grateful if U enable the supply of bibles to rumote countries will be helpful for wining more souls from hell ,happy Sunday to all catholics

  5. Cathy Reply

    Now if they could make annulments easier.

  6. Clarie Reply

    Stay with the old marriage rules it is not up to man to make changes , those who truly believe will follow .

    Those who want it their way will move on. Stay true to gods rules

    Any changes we make on earth for our own benefit are not shared in heaven , marriage is for life choose your partner wisely

    1. manuela Reply

      Please…get a grip!!!

  7. Julius Reply

    will the committee adhere to the the word of God or they have right to soften so as many as possible break their life long commitment

  8. Ricardo Reply

    Hopefully with this development marriage should serve not only a bond which is lasting, more so it should pave they way easier for a couple to lose and choose a much, much better justified humane and an acceptable process of separation in favor of a more vigorous, a new relationship which will manifest a lasting love and life morally….REC

  9. Aurora Reply

    I don’t think I should have to get an annulment when I was not the one that wanted divorce. He cheated. I didn’t. I wanted to work things out. He didn’t. I went to marriage counseling. He didn’t. So….why am I allowed to receive communion, but not allowed to remarry in the Catholic Church? Why punish me for something I didn’t want?

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