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To: Lakeshark
Paid. Granted. Sorry guys, this is total bs,

Do you know what an annulment is?!

It is a declaration that a valid, sacramental marriage never took place.

It has nothing to do with who is in the "right" or "wrong".

If you marry someone who is insane at the time of marriage, that can be declared annulled.

If you marry someone who is already under the bond of a sacramental marriage, that is fit to be declared null and void.

If one or both of the parties have an explicit intention to consistently use artificial means to avoid having children, no sacramental marriage takes place (one reason why there are more annulments these days.)

There are more (degrees of consanguinity, failure to consummate, etc.)

All of these things have to do with the state of the putative spouses at the time of the exchange of vows.

On the other hand, if a couple marry, and two years later they hit their heads in a car accident and he becomes Atila the Hun or she becomes Lizzy Borden, they are still married. There could be good reason for legal separation, but the bond remains.

You don't have to like it, and abuses by tribunals/bishops do happen. Also, if someone is willing to lie under oath, errors can be made, just like in our legal system. In the infamous Rausch-Kennedy case, a bad granting of annulment took place, and Sheila Rausch-Kennedy repealed and got the annulment overturned.

I am not sure what system you think is superior, but you are free to set up your own religion and institute it, if you like.
16 posted on 12/26/2013 10:36:16 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

You grant an annulment to a party who ruined their marriage, lied, cheated, and stole ten years from a woman's life, and you defend it......a lot like the Kennedies, lie, steal cheat, pay for your own clergymen, grant them annulments.......

Lord preserve us from the insanity of this so called doctrine of the church.

Great defense of the indefensible by the way.......

19 posted on 12/26/2013 10:59:22 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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