English bishop: marriage is God's gift, let us foster it

Catholic News Agency | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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Shrewsbury, England, Feb 14, 2018 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people still desire to marry despite the crisis surrounding marriage in the contemporary U.K., and Catholics need to defend marriage as God intends it, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has said.

Bishop Davies said in a Feb. 10 homily: “may we all recognize our own part in raising our voices and giving our witness to the perennial, enduring gift and grace of marriage of which God himself is the Author.”

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The bishop spoke during the diocese’s annual Mass in celebration of marriage, held at the Church of Our Lady and St. Christopher in Romiley, about 80 miles northeast of Shrewsbury. The Mass celebrates significant wedding anniversaries of those in the congregation.

“Generations to come will surely be surprised that we failed as a society, and sometimes even as Christians, to actively propose and defend marriage as it came from the hands of the Creator,” said Bishop Davies.

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Christ raised marriage to a sacrament and the Scriptures speak of marriage’s “high purpose” as an image of Christ and the Church, he explained. “Christ chose to begin his public life at a wedding, thereby confirming the goodness of marriage; indeed, the first of his miracles would be for the sake of a married couple,” the bishop added.

However, he spoke of a “human and social crisis” surrounding marriage, an issue which he said should be “raised to the very top of our public concerns.”

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He cited “disturbing trends” like historic lows in the U.K. marriage rate and the high divorce rate. There are predictions that only half of today’s 20-year-olds will ever marry, with under 25 percent of those with lower incomes ever marrying.

At the same time, about 75 percent of young people aged 14 to 17 said marriage is one of the key aspirations of their...
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