Page 4, 17th May 1985

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Lasting impression

'FR PETER Siva H ends his article on marriage annulments by saying: "For others to speculate, criticise or deplore either the process or the outcome of a particular case is unjust, unworthy and in the proper sense of the term, 'rash judgment'," April 26.

This may indeed be true in particular cases. Yet looking at the whole picture of marriage annulment cases it is neither unjust, nor unworthy, nor rash judgment to say but simply a fact that it has become extremely difficult to state what now the Gospel's and the Church's teaching on the indissolubility of matrimony means.

Marriages have been annulled which could only appear to any normal observer as divorce under a different name.

The judges of the Southwark Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal may indeed work extremely conscientiously. Yet, even then the impression frequently and almost inevitably given is that the only way to know that a marriage is true and valid is if it lasts.

Fr L Kovacs St John's Presbytery,

Midland Avenue, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 7BT

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