by Andrea Elizabeth
I’ll bet you $10 that the people who smugly defend the indissolubility of marriage have never felt afraid of their marriage. They probably feel proud of their marriage. How it justifies them as a successful person, whether they are happy or not. They probably are even more proud of their marriage if they feel they are sticking it out where others might fold. But even then they are not scared of their marriage. And I don’t know if I’ve heard an abandoned spouse, who has faithfully stuck with Catholic teaching and not remarried, go on the internet and criticized the Orthodox recognition of divorce. They’re probably too busy being a single parent, and leave the bragging to others.
Even so, annulments are a way of dissolving marriages by making them magically disappear. And they are administered by the review of a priest – economeia.