In an interview on DZMM, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, a family lawyer, said there is a different between civil annulment and church annulment.
"Ang may legal consequence, ang may epekto, ay civil annulment. Kung nagpa-church annulment ka without a civil annulment, before the eyes of the law, may asawa ka pa rin," she explained.
Pope Francis has simplified the process of church annulment, giving bishops powers to judge the cases themselves.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) welcome this change adding that the reforms will bring the matrimonial tribunals closer to the people.
For Kapunan, the Supreme Pontiff's move is a "welcome development" for those who want church annulment. However, it won't have an effect on civil annulment.
Dahil sa principle ng separation of church and state, walang effect yan sa civil annulment," she said.
"Ang maganda dito sa move ng Pope is, it will indicate the direction the Pope wants to take in viewing marriages.
Kasi dito sa Pilipinas, the Family Code redefined marriage as a permanent union. Idinagdag ang word na 'permanent,' meaning, divorce will never be allowed in this country," Kapunan added.
source: Abs Cbn News
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