#Hashtag: Pope changes annulment requirements


After announcing that it would be easier for women who have had abortions to receive absolution, a week later he now has announced changes to the annulment process in the Catholic Church. And an annulment, according to foryourmarriage.org’s fact sheet, is for a marriage if it falls short of one of the essential elements for a binding Catholic union. It is often sought by divorced couples, as the Church requires a divorced Catholic to obtain a declaration of nullity before re-marrying in the Church. According to the website, it can take 12 to 18 months, if not longer.

Pope Francis is changing that.

Here are just some of the reactions to this new development:

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