I’ve been reading this thread a bit and I was suprised at how many people seem to have got an annulment of their marriage. I live in Sweden and I’m active in the Catholic church here and I have never even heard of anyone who has got their marriage annulled. I know this one woman who was left by her husband, he ran off with her best friend, got remarried in the protestant church…and she has been left childless and lonely. She didn’t get her marriage annulled, and neither did several other people in the church that I know of.
Does anyone know how common annulments really are? And how come the Catholic church is much stricter in some countries and more lenient in others? Shouldn’t it be a world church with the same rules all over the globe? And what are the grounds for annullment? The priest in my parish say very clearly that abuse or abandonment is NOT ground for annullment. Is it the same in other countries?