Philippine Catholic Church Expects Annulment Cases To Be Free Soon

Regardless of your feelings about the breakup of a marriage, many Filipinos are stuck in a failed or abusive marriage simply because of church and or civil law with regard to annulment of the union. 

Then there is the sometimes exorbitant cost associated with the annulment or even a legal separation.

Apparently the Pope appears to have softened the Church's stance on annulments

"Following Pope Francis’ historic announcement that the annulment process will be simplified and made available for free, leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines feel that there will be an upsurge in the number of annulment cases in the country."

This, in some cases could be a blessing for a spouse who is unable to move on with his or her life because of the inability to separate themselves legally from a failed marriage.

The full article can be read here. … free-soon/

More on Philippines law, divorce, annulment and legal separation. … d-answers/

Marriage annulment in the Phils has 2 parts to it.  While the Catholic church may now be open to the idea of allowing annulments, this only applies to the spiritual side. The legal aspect is a totally different animal altogether.

The Catholic church in the Phils has unduly burdened ordinary Filipinos with their strong opposition of annulment, divorce, and birth control; state matters that should not be dictated by the church.

The Phils is the only country in the world (other than the Vatican) that does not allow divorce. Even Malta approved their divorce law just a few years back.

These being said, it is now up to the Phil Congress to approve a divorce law bill that was recently filed.  There will be fireworks when this gets done ... finally!

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