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Pope says official sacked for selling annulments - update


Vatican City, November 5 - Pope Francis revealed
Wednesday that he had dismissed a Church official for selling
marriage annulments.
"I had to dismiss a person from the tribunal who some time
ago said: '$10,000 and I'll do both the civil and ecclesiastical
procedure," Francis told a group of people taking part in a
course at the Roman Rota tribunal.
The Rota is the highest appeals tribunal of the Catholic
He described the event as a "public scandal" and did not
give further details about where or when the sacking occurred
during his off-the-cuff comments in the Paul VI Hall of the
But he said the process of annulling a marriage should be
That was a significant topic during last month's
extraordinary synod of bishops from around the world discussing
issues confronting modern families, the pope noted.
"There is an interest to streamline procedures, for reasons
of justice," Francis said.
"Justice for the people who have been waiting...waiting how
many years for a judgment (on an annulment request)," he said.
Using his home country of Argentina, and the city of
Buenos Aires, as an example, Francis said it has 15 dioceses
covering such an area that people cannot afford to take the time
from work to seek the right courts and devote the energy to
seeking an annulment.
"The mother church must do justice and say, 'Yes, it's
true, your marriage is void; or No, your marriage is valid'," he

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