This week the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) publishes a revised 4th Edition of A Guide to the Annulment Process.
First issued in 1998, the Guide seeks to de-mystify the annulment process, making it easier to understand, and hopefully less stressful. The 4th Edition also takes into account Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, ‘The Gentle Judge, our Lord Jesus, the Shepherd of Souls’, the document published by Pope Francis in 2015 which gives a more streamlined and readily accessible way of proceeding in cases concerning the declaration of the nullity of a marriage.
In his foreword, the Rt Rev Peter Doyle, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life, describes the 4th edition as, ‘a resource to assist all those in our communities whose marriages have failed, and those accompanying them; and restore to them, with the mercy of God, hope and confidence on the journey of faith in the light of the Gospel.’
The National Board of Catholic Women is a forum, founded in 1939, in which Catholic women of England and Wales come together to share their views and concerns at diocesan and national level. NBCW is a Consultative body to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and also has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC).