Our take: Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vaticans highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments to include "lack of faith" as a reason for marriage annulment.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vaticans highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance.
Speaking on Saturday (Jan. 26) to the members of the tribunal of the Roman Rota, Benedict said that lack of faith on the part of the spouses can affect the validity of a marriage.
While the Catholic Church forbids remarried divorcees from taking Communion, church tribunals can declare a marriage void if it can be demonstrated that some key elements such as a commitment to have children were missing in the first place.
Catholics who obtain an annulment for their first marriage can then remarry without facing church sanctions.
Read more about Pope Benedict XVI says lack of 'faith' could be used in marriage on Religion News.
- Preparing to split up, LDS General Primary...
- State bills to protect religious freedom...
- LDS Church releases Easter video, campaign
- Defending the Faith: Joseph, the stone and...
- President Henry B. Eyring: 'The Comforter'
- Lexi Hansen forgives driver who hit her (+video)
- Returning LDS missionary, father battling...
- 185th Annual General Conference talk...
- Defending the Faith: Joseph, the stone... 162
- Why I don’t call myself a... 92
- 'A marvellous work and a wonder': A... 63
- Heaven can wait, Christian bookstore... 17
- Millennials are the ‘don’t... 15
- Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in... 10
- Returning LDS missionary, father... 8
- State bills to protect religious... 8