Yet again we're being told one thing is happening while the direct opposite is coming into play
knows the Annulment procedure was larcenously expensive and took far
too long - but frankly there have been shameful duplicitous
machinations occurring over the past two years.
The wilful decimation of [generally pro-Benedict] middle-management curial staff has led to a massive annulment backlog.
ie an artificial lengthening of the procedure. making demands for intensive shortening more justifiable...
there has been a major aspect of canonical criminality and
counterproductive irrational immorality within the present procedure -
the western insistence that a couple obtain a civil divorce before they
may enter the annulment process - ie a complicit default reneging upon
the marital bond even before it is scrutinised. This automatically
places the precedential nature of the bond in one of vulnerability and
It's wrong - it should be reformed.- while it remains it
places a savage indictment upon Holy Mother Church and its bound-duty to
serve, uphold and defend the sacraments [ps it's also a criminal
offence under section 95 of the 1949 Marriage Act - to remain
[potentially - and by default unless the contrary is proven] within a
religious marital status while not being civilly married]
any potential bond affords the most absolute dignity during any scrutiny
- the abolition of the second scrutiny process to accelerate the
process now means there are no safeguards - no 'confirmation' by
discerning independent experts - merely ONE adjudication - this
jeopardises the very fabric of the process and provides preferential
treatment towards a declaration of nullity rather than a defence of the
bond. - ESPECIALLY within a 45 day timeframe where there is little if
any time for research, scrutiny and discernment - this is an abrogation
of the responsibilities of all concerned.
'decentralisation of the process' is no such thing - rather it is a
dereliction of ecclesial duty to uphold the mandatory loyalty to Christ
and His Church through sincere, devoted intense defence of that which
might be in any way sacramental or a valid union - it is fragmentary and
divisive - it is protestantising - alienating - and sets up autocracies
of diverse arbitrary episcopal whim - where one Bishop might adhere to
the procedural regulations another might simply appeal in every instance
to 'immaturity and absence of full-cognizance' and provide ostensibly
'divorce on demand' - ie EXACTLY what Cardinals Kasper, Marx et al
within Germany were pushing for - NOT the position of Cardinal Muller
one is sadly made aware of the mendacious scandal being perpetrated by
catholic journalists, spokespeople and commentators in regard to the
very nature and validity of marriage under the false presumption of
mandatory full catechesis being the sole arbiter of a valid marriage....
the extent the outrageous comments of Austen Ivereigh on not-so-very
"Catholic Voices" where he declared the majority of Catholic marriages
were probably invalid due to ignorance and a dearth of Catechesis:
is a formal reality within the natural law and fabric of reality - its
nature is written upon our very created being...it DOES NOT REQUIRE
either instruction or divine revelation or experiential knowledge for
any individual to become aware of its reality.
The base-line is every
human is aware of, knows and understands what marriage is -
irrespective of any external influences - for marriage is part of human
nature and their formal, material, efficient and final causes.
normative situation for any human person is that they CANNOT NOT KNOW
what marriage is - an indissoluble loving union directed towards a final
end of that love overflowing physically and spiritually into
procreation and the family for the entire common good.
All marriages via their vows are BY DEFAULT validly made between spouses
- although highly advisable and a dereliction if denied or dismissed -
IS NOT MANDATORY or in any form a criteria for the valdity of a marriage
Ivereigh to say the exact opposite - ie that catechesis [or a lack of
it] directly validates or invalidates a marriage - is simply NOT TRUE!
[and the as-yet unrevealed ordinary who supervises Catholic Voices should make it clear to Dr Ivereigh and demand a retraction]
influences, bad example, experiential aberrations - ONLY diminish and
shadow the natural law awareness of marriage - it may reduce to the
point of diminished responsibility - but it DOES NOT provide an
invincible ignorance loophole or opt-out.
marriage is a natural law
phenomenon - not a Christian invention - our Lord and His Mystical Body
sacramentalised that which already IS - marriage is not something which
demands some form of additional criteria of being catechised in order
to be validated. The reality of mariage is written upon our souls.
default position upon marriage is validity - as it is a natural law
reality of which every adult of sound mind is aware - only detrimental
external forces may impinge and limit this awareness...NOT the other way
It certainly looks like this Ivereighesque-revisionism is
going to become the generic 'rule of thumb' in annulment adjudications -
that virtually every appellant can appeal to immaturity and lack of
catechesis therefore an unawareness and incapacity to actually make the
this is not merely a lie - this is absurd - because marriage is
a natural law reality - not something requiring external additional
teaching or intense catechesis.
Marriage is being eviscerated - the sanctity of the marital bond is being violated.
duplicitous people for nefarious ends seek to bring in default
'backdoor divorce' into the Church by appealing to the premise that
'everyone is by default ignorant and incapable of making a marriage vow -
unless intensively informed about marriage'
Dr Ivereigh and any
who hold or promote his position should apologise to the hundreds of
millions of VALIDLY married Catholics across the globe.
the major problem IS NOT the laity's ignorance on the legality.
validity, sacramentality, canonicity or nullity of a marriage - it's
Over the decades I have encountered many
instances of abject ignorance and the promulgating of both
misinformation and disinformation not merely among parish
priests/curates in regard to marriage - but the actual diocesan
tribunals themselves supposed to be informed arbiters - to the extent i
had to inform in separate instances a Canonical Judge and an annulment
administrator regarding the nature of clandestinity and Ne Temere and
matrimonia mixta - in multiple instances i have seen priests refusing to
marry those who were eligible [on clandestinity grounds] - permitting
those who required dispensations and adjudications and formal
documentation to prove their single status to go through a marriage
ceremony without such evidence. I have seen couples spend years going
through lengthy annulment procedures when any such process was
absolutely unnecessary as a previous marriage didn't formally exist in
the first place - let alone potentially! i have seen women forced into
marriage by parents due to pregnancy being forced to go through lengthy
annulment procedures because their parents weren't alive to confirm this
- and all this was due to the dereliction of duty of clerics to be
informed and responsible in their sacramental duties.
are any children involved - and the mandatory inalienable corresponding
duties/responsibilities to them - mentioned in any of this?