I think orthodox Catholics, meaning those who prefer the Church in continuity with the Church prior to Vatican II should applaud Pope Francis in streamlining the annulment procedure. It makes clear that the bishop of a diocese is the ultimate authority in his diocese and that he should not delegate that authority to priests below him or bishops' conferences or even metropolitans.
There is no structure between the bishop and his next highest authority, the pope, both of whom have to answer to the highest authority, Almighty God.
It seems to me that the authority of metropolitans and bishops' conferences over the bishop of a particular diocese was given a death blow this morning by Pope Francis. And it makes stronger the pope's role, whoever that pope might be, over local bishops.
Do you agree or disagree with me on this given the new authority given to local bishops which is actually what Vatican II wanted to do, not dilute it as has been the case through bishops' conferences nationallay and presbyteral councils in dioceses and pastoral councils in parishes.
The power play is over and the local bishop wins!