Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal wedding: Archbishop backs William and Kate's decision to live together before marriage

Just when I was starting to have a few nice thoughts about the CofE (it really was a beautiful service) they go and remind me that the Anglican Communion has indeed jumped off a cliff and it is still in free-fall.
The Archbishop of York backed Prince William and Kate Middleton’s decision to live together before marriage, saying that many modern couples want to “test the milk before they buy the cow”.

Dr John Sentamu argued that the royal couple’s public commitment to live their lives together today would be more important than their past.

But Anglican traditionalists criticised the Archbishop, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, for failing to reinforce Christian teaching which prohibits sex outside marriage.
Read the rest here.

I am not sure if I am more shocked by the overt repudiation of elementary Christian morality or the  breathtaking insult to the future King and Queen by referring to the Duchess of Cambridge as a "cow."  Is there no room at all in the Tower?


rabidgandhi said...

Well now that they're married separate apartments will be just fine.

Stephen said...

Funny. I am reminded of the story of Winston Churchill's maternal (and American) grandmother advising his mother, the apparently stunningly beautiful Jenny Jerome, that to marry well and rich in British society, one had to be a virgin, but after the wedding have as many lovers as necessary and or desirable. Which advice historians generally agree Jenny took to heart.

Priest David Thatcher said...

John: Your postscript commentary with the apex of the "Tower" wrought a good belly laugh here. (And you know that's no small thing, especially after Bright Week.) Thanks! Fr. D.

Anonymous said...

Actually, living together before marriage was standard practice by peasants since there were so few priests to solemnize marriages.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

LOL, poor Rowan. At least he didn't say 'udders.'