Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, On the validity of the authentic interpretation of former canon 1686, Prot. No. 15182/2015, 18 November 2015.
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR LEGISLATIVE TEXTS
Prot. N. 15182/2015
Vatican City, 18 November 2015
I am replying to your letter Prot. N. 2774/8/15 of 28 October last with which you asked this Pontifical Council for an interpretation of can. 1688 of the m.p. Mitis Judex Dominus Jesus and to clarify whether the Authentic Interpretation of can. 1686 from the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts (AAS 76  746-747) and the Reply of the Apostolic Signatura of 3 January 2007 (Periodica 97  45-46) still remain in force.
After a careful examination of these questions, I am sending you the following opinion.
The discipline of the new can. 1688 of the m.p. Mitis Iudex Dominus Jesus does not contain notable changes from the former can. 1686 CIC, and for this reason it does not appear necessary to provide any interpretation with regard to it.
Therefore the elements on which the Authentic Interpretation of can. 1686 of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts were based and the subsequent Reply of the Apostolic Signatura which used that Interpretation as its source do not seem to have changed.
In the hope of having provided a helpful opinion, I remain Your Excellency, devotedly yours in Domino
+ Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio
+ Juan Ignacio Arrieta
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, On the validity of the authentic interpretation of former canon 1686, Prot. No. 15182/2015, 18 November 2015. Translation by Alan McCormack. Italian original accessed 4 November 2018 at: http://www.delegumtextibus.va/content/dam/testilegislativi/risposte-particolari/Procedure%20per%20la%20Dichiarazione%20della%20Nullit%C3%A0%20matrimoniale/Circa%20la%20vigenza%20dell%27Interpretazione%20autentica%20del%20can.%201686%20CIC.pdf