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Privilege of the Faith QUESTION from Stephanie April 27, 2000 I read with interest your answer to the last question on the Petrine Privilege. My boyfriend is undergoing the same process at the moment. So far it is coming up to three months since the case should has gone to Rome (I believe). Could you tell me if you have any more information about it, for example why it wouldn't be granted, is three months the average time it takes, etc. I know that since the Priest from our marriage tribunal has passed it on, then he thinks there is a good case, so things should be okay, but you still can't help wondering - what if the answer is no!
Thanks very much Stephanie
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on May 2, 2000 Dear Miss Stephanie:
I am not as familiar with the particulars of the Petrine Privilege as I am with other aspects of the Nullity of Marriage area. Thus I am not sure how long it typically takes to process the petition. As with other petitions I would expect it to be a minimum of 6 months to a year, but I really don't know when it comes to the Petrine Privilege petition. It depends on how backlogged they are at the Vatican.
As to why it wouldn't be granted? Well, this is basically about technical qualifications. Either your boyfriend's situation fits the qualifications for Petrine Privilege or he doesn't. The Court will determine that.
As to what happens if the answer is no. Well, you both must obey God. You will not be able to marry him. If you do not obey God and marry him anyway --which would have to be outside of the Church -- then you risk your soul to hell.
You MUST obey God and ask Him for courage and strength to endure what must be.
But I doubt this will happen if your priest has given you a good report on the petition. Nevertheless, the final decision is made in Rome.
God Bless.
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