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   From 2002-2004 lived two years in Rome and completed a license in Canon Law. So yes, I am a Canon Lawyer too. Some good canon law links I use One of the areas of Canon Law I work with a lot and where people may encounter Canon Law involves Marriages and the Church's Declaration of Nullity, what many improperly call Annulments The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Marriage and Annulments, with references to the Code of Canon Law:
1628 The consent must be an act of the will of each of the contracting parties, free of coercion or grave external fear. (Cf. can. 1103) No human power can substitute for this consent. (Cf. can. 1057 #1) If this freedom is lacking the marriage is invalid.
1629 For this reason (or for other reasons that render the marriage null and void) the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage, i.e., that the marriage never existed. (Cf. cann. 1095-1107) In this case the contracting parties are free to marry, provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged.
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