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Scotland: Marriages at lowest level since 1893

Catholic World News - March 12, 2010

The number of marriages in Scotland has fallen to the lowest level since 1893, while the marriage rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1855.

“In such an aggressively secular society it is not surprising that in recent years the number of couples marrying in church has dropped,” said a Church spokesman. “However, the Catholic Church believes that proper preparation for marriage and a sacramental setting are most likely to lead to long-term stability.”

“Unfortunately, this government has penalized marriage through the tax system which has contributed to the present crisis,” he added.

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