They’ve actually made the whole process easier; it now takes about 18 months, start to finish. It’s not even all that expensive, although I’m cynical enough to suspect that a little more bux grease the skids a little, things move a bit faster.
Absolutely not! Well, anyone can fall into temptation, and church personell have fallen in the past; but for an anullment to be processed faster on bribery, at least four different Church officials need to be on the take at once. Not likely.
Although, what does work is a dogged determination to fill out all the paperwork as quickly as possible, and staying on top of all the wittnesses, officials, and clerks to make sure they’re not holding up anything. If you do that, one year.
And if the anullment is being processed based on an easily verified technicality, such as as your ex-spouse lied about being married before, then you’re looking at three months.
And as a general response to those who say the Church process is too difficult – yes, perhaps. But do you have the same harsh words for those non-Catholic denominations who routinely witness third, fourth, fifth marriages without a word of challenge to those who fall in and out of marriage so easily?