Religious marriage ceremonies continue to fall as a proportion of all marriages conducted

Although there was a modest (0.4%) increase in the number of marriages solemnized in places of worship in England and Wales between 2009 and 2010, it was less than the 3.7% growth in total marriages. Consequently, the proportion of marriages conducted according to religious ceremonies continued its relentless fall, standing at 31.8% in 2010, as against 32.9% in 2009. 1991 was the last year in which the majority of marriages in England and Wales were solemnized in religious ceremonies.

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One Response to “Religious marriage ceremonies continue to fall as a proportion of all marriages conducted”

  1. Gordon Says:

    Its not easy getting a church wedding. Take a friend of mine for example. Her mother was very devoted to her husband, but he sadly died when they were both in their early 50′s. They were both very devoted catholics and after her husband died the widow was a regular helper on trips to Lourdes and active in her local parish. Then she met someone, who was an equally devoted Christian but a protestant. They fell in love and after a few years courtship of the old style decided to get married. However, her new man was a divorcee – his wife had run off with someone else many years previously leaving him to look after the kids, who were by this time grown up. Therefore they couldn’t get married in church and had to have a registry office wedding.

    I think the church needs to get into the real world on these issues. If you want to get down to brass tacks then the guys first marriage was barely valid ion the catholic church anyway as it was not done sacramentally and presumably its only sacramental marriage which is indivisible. There is a bit of a logic gap in the way the church treats previous non catholic marriages.

    Fast forward to this month where my protestant cousin is marrying his catholic partner in the catholic church (not nuptial mass though). They already have two children together, but seem to have had no problem arranging the wedding.

    The church needs to sort all of this out, and not just the catholic church. I heard recently of a divorced man going to arrange a wedding in the Church of Scotland and the minister imploring him to get back together with his ex wife or he would burn in hell for eternity.

    We are all doomed!

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