Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / Religion

Pope Francis’ reform of the marriage nullity trials: The possible impact in Italy

Pursuant to the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See, a canonical marriage has also civil effects, and so has a canonical judgment declaring such marriage null. To obtain a judgement of this kind in the ecclesiastical forum is relatively easy, since you only need to prove that, at the moment of the marriage, you … Continue reading


A lesbian couple and the antics of Italian law

Mrs Francesca Vecchioni is the daughter of the famous Italian singer Roberto Vecchioni. Mrs Alessandra Brogno was her partner. Nina and Cloe are their daughters. They dutifully registered in the Municipal Register of Common Law Marriages, but when their relationship ended they were told that the Register has no legal value, since only the State¬†Authorities … Continue reading

Religion / Society

Does the Vatican have a new liberal ‘Minister of Family’ ?

The newly-appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, H.E. Vincenzo Paglia, is a odd choice for the job, particularly for a conservative Pope like Benedict XVI. During the International Meeting on Family, held in Milan on May 2012, Archbishop Paglia, while reaffirming that marriage can be heterosexual only, said that State legislators should … Continue reading