Marriages in England and Wales fall by 8.6% in 2013

Apr 28, 2016 by

BBC News: The number of people getting married in England and Wales fell in 2013 for the first time since 2009, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were 240,854 marriages in 2013, a drop of some 8.6% compared with 2012, the ONS said. Elizabeth McLaren, ONS statistician, said the fall could be the continuation of the decline in marriages since 1972. It could also be due to superstitious couples choosing to postpone to avoid the number 13, she said. Religious ceremonies...

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Sex education? No, we’re witnessing the pursuit of ignorance on matters of sexuality

Apr 26, 2016 by

by Phil Lawler, LifeSite: If you can trace your family tree back far enough, you’ll probably encounter people who had no formal education, owned no books, perhaps couldn’t read and write. But your uneducated ancestors knew what “marriage” meant– which is more than you can say for the typical Ivy League professor today. Your “benighted” ancestors would be both absolutely astonished that the literati of the early 21st century cannot figure out what was...

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Why Christian ministers should stop taking weddings

Apr 24, 2016 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today. A Norwegian Roman Catholic bishop says it’s time for clergy to stop officiating at weddings. Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo told the Catholic News Service that he would have to seek permission from the Vatican, but added: “It’s clear we must distinguish our own church marriages from others.” Eidsvig was arguing that priests should move to offering Catholic weddings to Catholics, but should no longer act as officers of the state. He spoke in...

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A fifth of forced marriage cases last year were in London, official figures show

Apr 21, 2016 by

by Hannah al-Othman, London Evening Standard: A fifth of cases tackled by the government’s forced marriage unit (FMU) last year were in London, official figures show. Forced marriage was made a criminal offence in 2014, and in 2015 the FMU gave advice or support relating to 1,220 possible forced marriage cases  – a three per cent fall on last year. The agency said that almost 80 per cent of referrals came from professionals or other third parties, such as friends or family, rather...

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Couples should be encouraged to marry, says Iain Duncan Smith

Apr 20, 2016 by

by Andrew Porter, Telegraph: Young couples are being actively discouraged from marrying and ministers should start championing families rather than celebrity culture, a leading Cabinet minister will say today. In what is the Coalition’s clearest pro-marriage intervention since it was formed, Iain Duncan Smith will say that it is “absurd and damaging” for ministers not to extol the benefits of marriage for fear of stigmatising those who choose not to marry. The Work and...

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Canon B30, Of Holy Matrimony

Apr 20, 2016 by

By Julian Mann: These remarks were made at the April 2016 meeting of Ecclesfield Deanery Synod in Sheffield Diocese in a debate on human sexuality: The Church of England in its present teaching is not only clear that marriage is between one and one woman for life. It is also clear that it is God’s will that sexual love be expressed within man-woman marriage and nowhere else. To quote Canon B30, Of Holy Matrimony: ‘The Church of England affirms, according to our Lord’s teaching, that...

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