What is marriage anyway? How would one define it?
Marriage: A political football used by a degenerate society to undermine traditional morality.
At this point, I think it is a fair definition.
Here in England, as in America, those who are hanging on to shifting rocks on the eroding face of the institution of marriage are trying to figure out how to survive in the emerging political and legal wasteland. As Fr. Tim Finigan points out, the Church has always maintained the right, independent of the State, to regulate marriage. It was the Protestants who argued that the State should regulate marriage.
The problem is both the Church and the State have had a vested interest in marriage for the same reason: there are men and women and when they come together as a couple they create families. The stable marriage (family), legally and publicly recognized, both by the Church and the State, is good for everyone, especially children. The Church offers the further good of the sacramental bond, which in former days the State valued as well. Continue reading