One man's political mess is another man's teaching aid. As Joseph P. Kennedy II suffered the fallout of his annulment, Father Michael Smith Foster, associate judicial vicar with the court that awarded it, took the opportunity to pen an article for the local Catholic newspaper, the Pilot, in which he addressed 13 "misconceptions" about the practice. No. 4: "Declarations [of nullity] render children illegitimate." This is simply not the case, Foster explained. No. 2: "Declarations cost thousands of dollars." In fact, the fee in Boston is only $450. No. 13: "There are too many declarations granted in the U.S."

Well, many...

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