PORTLAND — The Portland Diocese Court Office will lead presentations and discussions on the annulment process in the Catholic Church in Augusta and Portland in November.
The events will be held at St. Augustine’s Church, located at 24 Washington Street in Augusta, on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., and at St. Pius X’s Church, located at 492 Ocean Avenue in Portland, on Tuesday. , Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
All are welcome at the gatherings which will cover the cancellation process in place in the diocese, including changes to the cancellation process implemented by Pope Francis in 2015. The procedures compress the process by which a cancellation could be granted, but do not alter the Church’s rich teaching on Christian marriage.
The Tribunal Office is part of the Canonical Services Department of the Diocese of Portland and handles cases and trials subject to the canon law of the Catholic Church, which is the code of ecclesiastical laws governing the Church. Among the responsibilities of court staff is the review of petitions for nullity/dissolution of marriage.
As the judicial arm of the bishop, the Tribunal cooperates in his ministry, namely “the salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law of the Church” (canon 1752) and seeks justice, the protection of the rights and the clarification of obligations for all who approach it. The procedures used by the Tribunal are based on canon law, the Scriptures and the authentic teaching of the Church. Although the process is judicial, it is the Tribunal staff’s commitment to show a pastoral attitude and respect for those who bring cases to arbitration.
There will be a “question and answer” period and an opportunity to speak privately with a canonist at both gatherings in November. If you have questions about the process or need assistance, contact the Tribunal at 207-773-6471 or [email protected], or visit www.portlanddiocese.org/marriage/canonical-services.