Tingog party list representatives Yedda Romualdez and Jude Acidre want church-facilitated cancellations to be legally recognized in civil courts.
In accordance with House Bill (HB) 1593, “Whenever a marriage duly and lawfully solemnized by a priest, imam, rabbi, or former president of any established church or religion in the Philippines who is thereafter annulled, dissolved or declared void in a final judgment or decree in accordance with the canons and precepts of the church or religious sect, shall have the same effect as a decree of annulment, dissolution or declaration of nullity issued by a court competent,” the authors wrote.
“The Philippine Family Code recognizes as valid a marriage performed under the laws of the Church. If the marriages thus solemnized are recognized by the State, it is normal that the very Church which solemnized the marriage should also have the power to adjudicate on this concomitant infirmity which rendered a marriage void and its effects binding on the State. bill note.
List-party lawmakers filed the Church Nullity Bill of 2022 on July 7. It is currently pending with the House Committee on Population and Family Relations.
Romualdez and Acidre based their measure on the apostolic letter motu proprio of Pope Francis entitled “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus”. The letter asks for a faster procedure for church cancellation, which is usually a tedious and expensive process.
The measure also allows both ex-spouses to remarry in accordance with Article 52 of the Family Code of the Philippines.
“Art. 52. The judgment of annulment or absolute nullity of the marriage, the partition and distribution of the property of the spouses and the delivery of the presumed legitimate children are entered in the registers of civil status and the appropriate property; otherwise , it will not affect third parties,” reads the Family Code.
“Art. 53. Either of the ex-spouses may remarry after complying with the conditions of the immediately preceding article; otherwise, the subsequent marriage will be null and void,” he said. added.
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