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.
True. Many, many cases of scandalous, sinful and simply careless activities by fallen men and women have maligned the condition of the annulment and its process, to the shame and embarrassment of the Church.
We probably would agree, however, that the media would like to make the scandals synonomous with, and the permanent and general definition of the Catholic Church. Sadly, it seems to be working more often than not.