As expected, Pope Francis' annulment reforms seem to be both sensible and doctrinally sound. The first unofficial English translation of the two Apostolic Letters can be found here. CNN sums up the three main changes this way:
• Eliminating a second review by a cleric before a marriage can be nullified.
• Giving bishops the ability to fast-track and grant the annulments themselves in certain circumstances -- for example, when spousal abuse or an extramarital affair has occurred.
• The process should be free, except for a nominal fee for administrative costs, and should be completed within 45 days.
That second point, as it's reported by CNN, is the one that will probably cause the...READ MORE