In a stealthy unilateral move, that seems to betray the concept of synodality, Pope Francis ingeniously removed from the Synod on the Family the discussion of Holy Communion for Catholics in marriages not recognized by the Catholic Church.
As well, Pope Francis has upheld the indissolubility of marriage because in justice he believes that those who go through the annulment, even if it is shortened, must be told whether their marriage that had been on trial in a Church court or by the bishop was or wasn't a sacrament. In other words, Pope Francis knows full well that not all annulment procedures end in a declaration of nullity, some find that the marriage was a sacrament. This truth seems to be lost on many who comment on this new flexiblity with annulments in the Church that Pope Francis has unilaterally brought about, thus exercising his papacy in a very pre-Vatican II sort of way, which is the hermeneutic of continuity!
In addition, he says that if at the time of the marriage a person was forced to marry a spouse under the threat of abuse, or if a woman had an abortion prior to marriage as a sign of not being open to children, or if some other pressure compromised the due discretion that is essential for a sacramental marriage, then an annulment should be speedily given.
In fact, if a marriage is null and void, it shouldn't take months to determine this but only the facts, as Joe Friday would say, thus leading to a quick decision.
However, I recognize that there are those in the Church concerned about what the Pope had accomplished through the God-given authority given him. Cardinal Burke would be one of them and we now see why Pope Francis replaced him as Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke aren't on the same page. But Cardinal Burke isn't pope and I suspect he will never be pope. Pope Francis is pope until Pope Francis or God decides otherwise.
However, there is a very fare and balanced discussion with Fr. Murray on FOX News on September 8th with Bill Hemmer. You can watch it HERE!
We can respectfully suggest that the pope do this, that or the other or change course and we can respectfully bring our concerns to God in prayer asking that not our will be done, but God's. I think Fr. Murray in the interview I link does an exemplery job of being respectful but also cautious.