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August 16, 2015

No Tribunal fees charged for marriage cases since 2000

LAFAYETTE — Earlier this summer, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty received a letter from Archbishop Frans Daneels, the Secretary for the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.

The Signatura is the highest marriage tribunal. It oversees processes involving marriage bonds, including declarations of nullity — inaccurately called annulments.

Archbishop Daneels’ letter made several observations about the number and kind of marriage cases the Lafayette diocese had processed in the past year, and it inquired about the diocese’s fee schedule for processing cases.

Bishop Doherty has responded that the Tribunal of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana has charged no fees to any party for any case since the Jubilee Year 2000.

Privilege of the Faith cases sent to Rome are charged a fee by the Holy See, and the Lafayette diocese covers the cost of those cases, asking no payment from the petitioners in these or any other cases.

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