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January 24, 2000
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MARRIAGE ANNULMENT IS NOT PRIVILEGE OF WEALTHY
80% of Roman Rota Sentences Have Been Free
    VATICAN CITY, JAN 21 (ZENIT).- Famous cases like that of Caroline of Monaco, on which the Roman Rota has made a pronouncement, have spread the rumor that a sentence of nullity of matrimony is a privilege of the rich. However, the actual figures of this ecclesiastical Court of Appeals are speak for themselves to the contrary. Moreover, not all the cases this Court handles are related to matrimony.

    In 1999, there were 205 cases decided by sentence or decree of the Roman Rota, 150 of which were related to matrimonial annulment. Among these, 76 were affirmative decisions, with the consequent declaration of nullity, and 75 negative, in other words, with confirmation of the validity of the marriage. As of today, there are 963 cases pending in the Roman Rota.

    Far from being a privilege of the rich, the Court, and the people who work there, including lawyers, have sponsored 123 causes at no charge to the persons involved, that is, 80% of the cases ruled upon.

    The Rota's College of Judges is composed of 20 prelatic auditors, who belong to 10 countries from around the world. ZE00012110

          

January 24, 2000
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