The Bishop of Shrewsbury has urged Catholic couples to remind young people about the “beauty of marriage” amid a decline in Church weddings.
Speaking in his home cathedral at the annual Mass in celebration of marriage and family life, Bishop Mark Davies revealed that Church weddings had fallen to fewer than 10 marriages a year in some parishes.
The bishop explained that God’s plan for marriage “never goes out of fashion” despite the obscuring of the vision of marriage in today’s society. “I simply cannot believe a sincere couple see their love as demanding merely a provisional commitment, an uncertainty about faithfulness, or a closed door to children,” he said.
“However, even if this vision were obscured in the world around us, God forbid that it should be lost amongst Christians who are called to give witness to the original meaning of marriage.”
Bishop Davies urged couples to share the grace and faithfulness marriage had brought to their lives. “Today the moment has surely come to re-propose the full vision of married life and love,” he said. “I ask you to speak boldly of the beauty of marriage, especially to the young.
“Marriage is a sacrament by which God’s grace makes it possible for ordinary men and women in the love and faithfulness of their family lives to become saints.”