Religion: Slow Annulment

New code delays U.S. system

The Roman Catholic Church hardly ever recognizes a divorce, or a second marriage while the original spouse is living. But those who wish to remarry and remain Catholics in good standing may seek an annulment, in which the church rules that a valid marriage never existed in the first place. Once a rarity, annulments in the U.S. have grown from a mere 338 in 1968 to around 32,000 last year. In the Vatican last week the International Canon Law Commission sent to Pope John Paul for approval the final draft of a new code that would slow...

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