The Bishops of England and Wales on Marriage

09/03/2012 8:40 am

Bishop's zucchetto

A selection of the recent comments on marriage from the Bishops of England and Wales.

“No authority - civil or religious - has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage.”
Archbishop Peter Smith following government announcement that civil partnership ceremonies could be held in religious premises

“I suspect the Government hasn’t really thought out why the definition of marriage should be changed.”
Archbishop Smith to Home Secretary Theresa May

“But as I grow older, I am becoming more convinced that people, including a good number of politicians, have no real understanding of the fundamental importance of marriage, not only for the married couple, but for their children and ultimately for society as a whole”
Rt Rev Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, in Mass for Married Couples Celebrating Anniversaries

“God himself is the author of marriage.”
Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, in homily at the Shrewsbury Mass for marriage

“It is the question of protecting the particular, specific institution of marriage and its specific character as the permanent union of a man and a woman who would then bring up their own children.”
Rt Rev Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton