Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments for divorcing Catholics

October 9, 2014 1:06 PM

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Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments for divorcing Catholics

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's top lawyer says he favours a radical change in how the Catholic Church handles marriage annulments to speed them up and reduce costs and red tape.

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero is a key member of a commission of experts Pope Francis appointed in August to study ways to streamline the process. Catholics have long complained that it can take years to get an annulment, if they can get one at all. Some dioceses in the developing world don't eve...

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