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The Bishops of England and Wales on Marriage

09/03/2012 8:40 am

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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
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“I suspect the Government hasn’t really thought out why the definition of marriage should be changed.”
Archbishop Smith to Home Secretary Theresa May
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“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
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“God himself is the author of marriage.”
Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, in homily at the Shrewsbury Mass for marriage
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“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
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