I think you need to drop that stone VladCatholic. --
Catholics are taught that marriage is a sacrament; this is an essential belief of their Catholic faith.
"The American Catholic Church annually grants over 60,000 annulments, three-quarters of the total granted throughout the world. In roughly 90% of all cases that come before the American Church councils, or tribunals, officials rule that 'in the eyes of God the [sacramental] marriage never truly existed.'
As more than one observer of religion has noted, 'The United States has become the Nevada of the annulment world.' Another expert in canon law boasted, 'There isn't a marriage in America that we can't annul.'
"(Sheila Rauch Kennedy, Shattered Faith, p. 12) In Italy, by comparison, only 37% of requests for annulment are granted.
"Annulment is now a form of divorce in every way but name, and the church [hierarchy] refusal to acknowledge this is deeply corrupting. Moreover, the Catholic annulment procedures hurt children, are cruel to former spouses, force applicants to misrepresent the past, mock well-meaning priests, and drive many thousands out of the church. It is a disaster."
- James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword, (pub. 2001) Boston Globe, May 13, 1997http://www.saveoursacrament.org/home.html