NewsPope Francis raises concern over prejudice in the marriage nullity process, urges humility in decision-making

Pope Francis raises concern over prejudice in the marriage nullity process, urges humility in decision-making

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - JANUARY 25: (EDITOR NOTE: STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY - NO MERCHANDISING) Pope Francis meets with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and  his wife Caroline Eaton during an audience at the Apostolic Palace on January 25, 2024 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - JANUARY 25: (EDITOR NOTE: STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY - NO MERCHANDISING) Pope Francis meets with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and his wife Caroline Eaton during an audience at the Apostolic Palace on January 25, 2024 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
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10:09 PM EST, January 25, 2024

The gathering marked the beginning of the judicial year. Pope Francis tied his words to the members of the Roman Rota. He advised them to render decisions humbly, suggesting that they should discern "kneeling".

"You carry a massive responsibility entrusted by the church since it affects the lives of individuals and families," emphasized Francis. He reminded everyone that the introduced reform aims to expedite the procedures, not to declare the invalidity of relationships.

"We need to approach this task courageously and clearly," he added.

"If Someone Doesn't Pray, They Should Resign"

Pope Francis continued by emphasizing the significance of prayer in the decision-making process. He declared that without it, "one cannot be a judge".

"If someone doesn't pray, it would be better if they resigned," he offered.

The Pope clarified the requirement of discernment in such circumstances to "free oneself from any prejudice, whether in favor of or against the declaration of nullity".

"This means liberating oneself from the rigorism of those who allege absolute certainty, as well as from the stance inspired by the false notion that the optimal solution is always the declaration of nullity," explained Francis.

Pope Francis Makes a Special Appeal

Pope Francis also implored for prudence and justice in decision-making.

He highlighted that one "cannot disregard that the interpretation of church law happens in the context of the truth about the indissolubility of marriage". He continued, "This truth, guarded and propagated by the Church," he emphasized.

After the meeting, Francis requested those present to pray for him. "Please pray for me, as this work is not easy. It might be enjoyable at times, but it remains challenging," he stressed.

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