by Peter Stanford
THIE Vatican Press Office this week stressed that no judgement on Princess Caroline of Monaco's application for an annulment had yet been issued.
The official church spokesman
talked to the Catholic Herald in response to reports in the Italian popular magazine Oggi that the
Princess had been turned down by a Rome court in her attempts to annul her two-year marriage to Philippe Junot which ended in divorce in 1980.
Since the divorce, reports, about attempts to hasten the Princess's case before the Sacred Rota have appeared regularly. Princess Grace is known to have visited Rome herself before her death to advance the case.
Princess Caroline, the 29-year-old daughter of Prince Ranier of Monaco and Princess Grace, has sinced married Italian businessman Stefane Casiraghi in a civil ceremony. Their second child was born in August.
According to the Oggi report, three Vatican judges — Mgrs
Jose Miguel Pinto Gomez, Francesco Bruno and Bernard de Lanversin — rejected the Princess's plea that she was too immature for marriage, and that M Junot was "a philandering womaniser".
Oggi said that the Princess had agreed to testify but dropped out at the last moment.
The careful wording of the Vatican rebuttal would suggest
that although the judgement had not been announced, it may have been reached. Oggi reported that Prince Ranier has already been informed.
It continued, "the so much gossiped about Junot emerges as a pearl of a husband".