Archdiocese: Mexico's Fox didn't get special treatment for annulment
Published: January 8, 2009
MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Leon has denied that former Mexican President Vicente Fox was given preferential treatment over the annulment of his first marriage. The archdiocese reported in early January that it was told Dec. 22 that Fox was free to remarry in a Catholic ceremony because the Tribunal of the Roman Rota at the Vatican had granted his petition that his first marriage be annulled. "The process was followed normally," Archbishop Jose Martin Rabago of Leon told reporters Jan. 4. "Talk that dispensations are only granted to the rich and only in exceptional forms ... that's a lack of knowledge of what happens in ecclesiastical tribunals." The archbishop, whose archdiocese includes the Fox family ranch, added that the entire process took roughly nine years and the process cost the former president less than $350. Fox married his former campaign spokeswoman, Marta Sahagun de Fox, in a civil ceremony in 2001 and the couple have stated that they wish to be married in a religious ceremony.
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