John Beal , professor, canon law, contributed to a Newsday article on Rockville Centre diocese dropping most feels for marriage annulments. See below.

Diocese of Rockville Centre drops most of its fees for annulments

From: Newsday Date: July 14, 2015 Author: Bart Jones


Some 18,558 annulments were granted by dioceses and archdioceses in the United States in 2013, said the Rev. John Beal, a professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The process typically takes nine to 18 months.

Divorced Catholics who remarry without obtaining an annulment are not permitted to receive Communion in the Catholic Church, serve as eucharistic ministers or be sponsors at baptisms and confirmations, Beal said Tuesday. They could also lose their jobs if they teach at a Catholic school since they publicly violated church teachings, he said.


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