kabalman2000 wrote:My cynical take:
Annulment = You've payed good money to the priests to get out of a religious union.
Divorce = You've payed good money to the lawyers to get out of a civil union.
Usually for an anullment, there has to be grounds. This is sometimes based on bigamy (someone having more than one wife or husband at the same time), especially if one partner was previously married then divorced, since the Church does not recognise divorce.
Henry VIII tried to get annulled from Catherine of Aragon due to the fact that she was previously his brother's wife (the Bible states that you cannot marry your brother's widow), however, in order to marry her originally, their parents had obtained a Papal bull or dispensation on the grounds that the marriage between Catherine and Arthur had never been consumated. Henry later tried to get a new rulling, based on the fact that the first one was obtained under false pretences.
So, since I seem to be the resident monk here, for a suirtable donation the church, I mean me
I am sure I can find grounds for your annulment.
Rational people have supported the worst dictators of history - Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.
I'm mad - at least I have an excuse for what I do.