Edit: this just came in my email box. I will help disseminate it.
Update: Marco Tossati apparently helped Vignanò write his statement. Thanks Canon212.
For Immediate Release
In Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s statement, he also implicated Cardinal Coccopalmero, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Text.
As far as the Roman Curia is concerned, for the moment I will stop here, even if the names of other prelates in the Vatican are well known, even some very close to Pope Francis, such as Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who belong to the homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. . . (page 5 Vigano’s 11-page letter)
However, Mary’s Advocates’ knows that Cdl. Coccopalmerio is doing more than subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. He’s subverting the Catholic Doctrine on separation of spouses and divorce. With the non-profit organization Mary’s Advocates, I work to reduce unilateral no-fault divorce. I’ve found proof going back to the council of Trent in 1563, that the Catholic Church was never supposed to relegate to the government forum the authority to judge the obligations of spouses toward each other and their children in cases of separation of spouses, civil divorce, or annulment.
I found that In the entire world, those with Catholic marriage are required to get the bishop’s permission before filing in the civil forum for legal separation, civil divorce, or any court orders resulting in separation. The requirement is only waived if one’s territory’s bishop waived it with approved particular Church legislation. In the United States, particular law was enacted in the late 1800’s (that is still in effect) that further states that if a spouse files in the civil forum without the bishop’s permission, that person incurs grave guilt and is to be punished by the judgement of the bishop. See Art. 126 of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. These particular penal laws put into effect by the US bishops’ conference were not abrogated by the 1917 Code of Canon Law or the 1983. Those codes abrogated old penal laws applicable to the whole world, but not those applicable to a particular territory.
Cardinal Coccopalmerio turned that doctrine upside down in a personal opinion he mailed to a bishop sent on the letter-head of the Pontifical Council. He posted his opinion on the Pontifical Council’s website too. He says in the entire world everyone is free to file in the civil forum for divorce or legal separation without the bishop’s permission unless one’s territory’s bishop enacted particular Church legislation creating requirement, or the bishops have treaty with the civil government in which the government agrees to require the bishop’s permission first (i.e. concordat).
I wrote the Cardinal myself shortly after learning of his unauthorized overhaul of canon law (see article here).
Presently Mary’s Advocate has a case pending at the Signatura about the confusion caused by Cdl Coccopalmerio on this issue (see article here). A 9-page summary of my research findings is available here that has 100 pages of exhibits of original sources.
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