Separating Civil from Religious Weddings

Posted January 11, 2019 5:01 pm by David Carlin

Separating Civil from Religious Weddings

I suppose all Catholics will agree that it would be inappropriate for a Catholic priest presiding at a wedding to conclude the ceremony by saying to the newly married couple: “You have just entered into one of the most important of all human relationships – but I would caution you not to take it too seriously.  For instance, don’t think of it as being a permanent relationship. The vows you have just taken are expressed in traditional Catholic language, and this respect for tradition is a beautiful thing.  We all love it.  But the vows are simply poetry; they don’t mean

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