I am still waiting for a logical argument laying out a distinction between the modern annulment process and the reality of divorce upon grounds as laid out by our Greek brothers at http://www.denver.goarch.org/offices/registry/forms/Divorce.pdf
Americans have a greater tolerance for divorce than practising Catholics in Europe. The thing is that divorce in my legal system entails the dissolution of marriage but not always the division and exmission of the divorced partners of marriage. On the other hand, in the past up to 1945 in Poland, the separation of table and bed, as foreseen in Catholic Canon Law, entailed a greater economic separation and division of property but the bond of marriage was upheld. The fact is that even in Europe, in our continental system the definition of marriage, annulment and the dissolution of marriage differs in each national legal system, because of the juridical tradition.
It seems to me that the fact, that the canon law's higher instances are Italian is the reason for this annulment drive. As a test case, Poland and Italy have identical anti-abortion laws yet(!) Poland under this regime has c.500 legal abortions yearly, while Italy has 25.000. Poland has about 36 million people, Italy 60 million. Although, the number of sexual assaulted females in Italy is 0,6% of the population while 0,2% in Poland.