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« on: March 26, 2009, 10:11:18 AM »

I am unable to find any information regarding the Latin Catholic practice of granting a "Decree of Nullity" (marriage annulments).  My research on the history of this practice reveals nothing!

When did the "decree of nullity" first come into existence? Was there such a process in the first millennium?

Could it have been established at the Council of Trent?

Does anyone know anything about this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 11:25:31 AM »

The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Divorce has a section on the decree of nullity (#4), replete with references to papal encyclicals and church councils.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 12:07:46 PM »

The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Divorce has a section on the decree of nullity (#4), replete with references to papal encyclicals and church councils.
Do you have the link? I cannot find it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 12:12:19 PM »

Click on the word Divorce in my first post.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 01:16:16 PM »

Unless I am reading it incorrectly, it seems that the early Church let the bishops decide and a bit later it was an ecclesiastical judgement (much like the Orthodox Church). But today, the Latin Church follows the constitution of Benedict XIV, Dei Miseratione from Nov 3, 1741.

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 01:39:58 PM »

Unless I am reading it incorrectly, it seems that the early Church let the bishops decide and a bit later it was an ecclesiastical judgement (much like the Orthodox Church). But today, the Latin Church follows the constitution of Benedict XIV, Dei Miseratione from Nov 3, 1741.

 Huh

that's what I got out of it, as well. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 01:43:47 PM »

that's what I got out of it, as well. 
Very interesting. Thank you for the reference.
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