Letters To The Editor Annulments

Posted: May 22, 1986

As a recent victim of the Roman Catholic Church's annulment proceedings, I feel bound by conscience to expand upon the May 8 article "After divorce, annulment."

Petitioners motivated by self-interest make their own selection of trumped up and incoherent charges and open-ended incriminations to be directed to respondents.

Petitioners provide secret testimony toward respondents who are not permitted by a secret tribunal to have access to these "testimonies."

Additionally petitioners are allowed and encouraged to produce secret witnesses, who, themselves, provide further secret, incriminating ''testimonies" in corroboration with petitioners' "testimonies." Respondents are kept fully ignorant and totally uninformed concerning the substance of the proceedings while being fully assured of their "rights" by the secret annulment tribunal.

The entire process is a hypocritical charade: It is predicated upon a denial of due process under any basic code of moral law and encourages ''stretching the truth" to the point of artifice.

The process (best avoided) is the sordid business of a decadent and moribund church. The proceedings are unconscionable, a marital auto-da-fe.

Robert P. Balent

Philadelphia.

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