Bishops have Incompetent and Unfair Staff Managing Tribunals
- Posted by Mary's Advocates
- On May 22, 2018
Cardinal Raymond Burke very politely says that some bishops have incompetent and unfair staff managing the tribunals.
Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a talk in Bratislava, Slovakia at the “Hanus Days” event, posted on YouTube this month. His subject was the indissolubility of marriage. Besides speaking about natural law and the new evangelization, he discussed his work at the Supreme Tribunal of the Signatura (the highness appellate Church court in the world). He served as the Defender of the Bond from 1989 to 1995, and was back as the Prefect from 2008 to 2014. As the Defender of the Bond, he was responsible to point out anything that upholds the validity of a marriage.
In talking about the marriage nullity process, he expressed that there was no need to streamline the process. Pope Francis changed the process to cut corners in some cases. Cardinal Burke believes leaving something, as important as a marriage nullity decision, to a single judge is a bad idea. Furthermore, he very politely said that some bishops have incompetent and unfair staff managing the tribunals.
watch him say this below
In my work at Mary’s Advocates, I have corresponded with defendants in nullity of marriage cases. A pattern at the beginning of cases about which I’ve heard complaints is the tribunals’ practice of keeping secret from the defendant the facts and proofs, in a general way, that the petitioner is alleging support his accusation against the validity of the marriage. This would be like asking a party to prepare a defense for oneself against the accusation of stealing a car, but not being told the make and model of the stolen car, the date, or time of the alleged theft. One explanation for this unfair practice would be that the Petitioner omitted describing, in a general way, the alleged facts upon which he is relying to demonstrate nullity of his marriage; instead, the petitioner only answered a questionnaire about his upbringing, courtship, marriage, and breakup.
In Cardinal Burke’s conclusion, he said
He points out there are even those in the Church who deny the truths of the faith in the name of so-called mercy and tolerance. The 30 minute Q & A after his presentation are worth watching. To this question:
Do you think that the civil authorities should prohibit divorce, and synchronize the civil law possibly with the church’s law or canon law?
Watch his answer and read text below.
While we are waiting for the state to catch up, and do the right thing, Mary’s Advocates publicizes the canon law to which Cardinal Burke was referring. We show an abandoned spouse how to ask the Church to implement the canon law on separation and divorce. For more information, see here.