I really appreciate your reply to LS, in your better explanation of the word “annulment”.
An applicant’s cash exchange has nothing to do with the outcome itself. The cash simply funds the investigation of the matter, which is no small undertaking given the time and resources and manpower engaged.
The “trimmings” involved in a beautiful wedding with a pastor and the civil pledges exchanged usually make a marriage legitimate in civil society, but it is different in the Catholic Church. While the trimmings and pledges between two people meet the requirements of civil law there is more required to meet the requirements of a sacrament in the Church. The “trimmings” have never entirely defined a Sacrament.
Rather, in the Catholic Church, it is accepted properly only as the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, with additional and altogether unique characteristics from a civil “marriage ceremony”.
This confuses anyone unfamiliar with the CCC.
I have a great appreciation of the RC church, but frankly this is not their finest teaching, no explanation is good enough for the hypocrisy that has historically been involved with this doctrine.