A model of fermion-antifermion scattering, mediated by pseudoscalar neutral bosons, is described by the corresponding spinorial Bethe-Salpeter equation in the ladder approximation. The decomposition of the equation into partial waves by means of fusion amplitudes and conventional spherical harmonics is discussed in detail; various important symmetries of the resulting kernel and Born amplitudes are pointed out. The resulting set of coupled equations is continued into the complex angular momentum (J) plane, and it is shown that Fredholm theory is inapplicable for any J. The equations are solved in a weak coupling, low-energy limit by an iterative scheme. The resulting solutions exhibit a cut of the square-root type extending along the real axis to G2π (G=coupling constant) in the right-hand plane; other cuts and poles prevent the extension of our solutions into the left-hand J plane. The dominance of the cut is used to extract the large momentum transfer limit and obtain certain results for the high-energy limit in the cross channel. The total cross section for fermion-antifermion annihilation is extracted by means of the optical theorem and is found to exhibit an energy dependence of the form t(G2π)-1[lnt]-32, where t is the c.m. energy squared.