"It could seem, at first glance, that the pastoral concern reflected in the work of the Synod and the juridical rules" for church tribunals "almost end up conflicting," Benedict said.
"On one hand, it would seem that the Synod fathers had invited church tribunals to act so that the faithful not married under church law can regularize the marriage situation as soon as possible and approach" the Communion banquet, the pope said.
"On the other hand, though, canon law and recent (Vatican) instruction would seem, instead, to put limits on this pastoral push," which makes it appear "as if the principle concern was that of completing the judicial formalities," Benedict said.
The pope also said it was important that the church help couples try to work out their problems and "find the path of reconciliation."
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Annullment decisions must be rapid: Benedict