From Mrs F M Browne
Sir, I was most interested to read Luke Coppen's review of Robert H Vasoli's book, on the annulment process as it operates in America (31st July 1998).
The problem is not confined to America. I have had a similar experience in England. My marriage was never supported and I was left feeling shocked, confused and helpless too. Eventually I appealed direct to Rome and they gave a careful hearing to both parties. The alleged annulity was declared unproven, in the end. I know that the argument is that this rather lax process, in many Marriage Tribunals, is based on compassion. However I always wonder; compassion to whom? Why reserve all the compassion for the one individual who makes the application? Why is there no real, true compassion for the other spouse. for children involved, for the distressed grandparents? These Tribunals take a very narrow point of view and 1. for one, am grateful the Pope is trying to restore more balance to the system.
Yours faithfully, FRANCES M BROWN Letchworth