I have yet to find any comments specifically on Pope Francis' recent Motu proprio “Mitis et misericors Iesus: REFORM PROCESS FOR CANON CAUSES OF DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE IN [the] Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches” in various Eastern Catholic sources that I have checked (extensive but not exhaustive) including this forum. Are there any out there? Does anyone wish to contribute something?
I offer the following from Vatican sources: A summary of “Mitis et misericors Iesus” (which pales by comparison with that of “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” for the Latin Church) a reference to a Google English translation of the Italian text (the only text other than the Latin, which does not Google-translate well into English): https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio_20150815_mitis-et-misericors-iesus.html&prev=search
From: Motu proprio “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” and “Mitis et misericors Iesus”: the Pope reforms the procedures for declaration of marriage nullity
Vatican City, 8 September 2015 (VIS) http://www.news.va/en/news/motu-proprio-mitis-iudex-dominus-iesus-and-mitis-e
In the Motu proprio “Mitis et misericors Iesus”, addressed to the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis notes that his venerated predecessor, St. John Paul II, in promulgating the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, affirmed that “since the beginning of the canonical codification of the Eastern Churches, the same consistent will of the Roman pontiffs to promulgate two codices, one for the Latin Church and one for the Eastern Catholic Churches, has shown very clearly that these latter wish to conserve what has occurred by divine providence in the Church, that is, that reunited by a single Spirit, she must breathe with the two lungs of East and West, and burn with Christ's charity like a single heart composed of two ventricles”.
“Following in the same path, and taking into account the particular ecclesial and disciplinary order of the Eastern Churches, I have decided to issue in a separate Motu proprio the norms for the reform of the discipline of marriage processes in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches”.
The Pope goes on to emphasise the importance of the ministry of the bishop, with according to the teachings of the Eastern Fathers, is “judge and physician, since man, wounded and fallen, owing to original sin and his personal sins, sickens and with the medicine of penitence obtains healing and forgiveness from God, and is reconciled with the Church. Indeed, the bishop, constituted by the Holy Spirit as the figure of Christ and in the place of Christ, is first and foremost the minister of divine mercy”.
The Bishop of Rome emphasises that appeal to the Metropolitan See is “a hallmark of the fundamental synodality in the Eastern Churches, which should be supported and encouraged”, and addresses to the Synods of the Eastern Churches the recommendations which in the Motu proprio “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” are addressed to the Episcopal Conferences.
Finally, he decrees and establishes that in Title 26 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (Chapter 1, article 1). Cases for the declaration of the nullity of marriage, canons 1357-1377) is entirely substituted by the new norms, with effect from 8 December 2015.