The reasons behind the rise in the number of declarations of nullity over the past half-century are manifold: a wave of antinomianism followed the Second Vatican Council, leading to laxity in the application of canon law, and a false sense of mercy—which assumes that affirmative decrees are more “pastoral”—continues to influence legal proceedings. However, there is a more fundamental problem …More
The reasons behind the rise in the number of declarations of nullity over the past half-century are manifold: a wave of antinomianism followed the Second Vatican Council, leading to laxity in the application of canon law, and a false sense of mercy—which assumes that affirmative decrees are more “pastoral”—continues to influence legal proceedings. However, there is a more fundamental problem that cannot be rectified by simply providing better formation to canonists or more strictly following procedural law. The very definition of marriage has undergone a substantial change with the promulgation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, and this—in conjunction with the introduction of newly-worded grounds of nullity—ultimately makes it difficult to defend the validity of a marriage when it is an unhappy one, leading to an epidemic of de facto Catholic divorces.

The Nullity Crisis in Light of Canonical Tradition, Part I

Unhappy Marriage, Invalid Marriage? The reasons behind the rise in the number of declarations of nullity over the past half-century are manifold: a …
On the Contrary
@John A Cassani I won't get to that in this particular study, because I'd intended to relate the nullity crisis to some broader juridical principles. However, I'll be sure to keep that in mind if/when I ever write anything on the subject of the separation of spouses, something that many ecclesiastics and canonists seem to have little understanding of today.
Rand Miller
How could the definition of marriage change? It can't. The 1983 Code is FALSE.
John A Cassani
This is excellent. Will you address Canon 5 of the 24th session of Trent? It would seem to have bearing on this very issue.