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English bishops offer congratulations to royal couple

April 28, 2011

The bishops’ conference of England and Wales has offered its congratulations to Prince William and Catherine Middleton ahead of their April 29 wedding.

“I would like to congratulate the royal couple on their marriage, and I am sure they will be in the minds and prayers of Catholic church congregations around England and Wales on their great day,” said Auxiliary Bishop John Hine of Southwark, chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life. “It is only right that we should strongly support them in prayer since marriage is such an intimate and personal journey and yet we expect our royalty to have a life-long high profile in the media. We pray that they may always put their relationship first, and, out of the strength their relationship gives them, may they become wonderful parents.”

“It is beautiful that they are being married on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena,” added Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who will attend the wedding. “She is both a Doctor of the Church and one of the Patronesses of Europe. Here are two quotes from her writings: ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire’ and, talking to God, she said, ‘You make the heart big – not stingy – so big it has room in its loving charity for everyone.’”

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2011 6:14 PM ET USA

    I find this incredulous that the Bishops of England and Wales would send a congratulatory note to these two individuals. Their example is to tell the world that it is perfectly OK to live together before marriage. The Church in so many dioceses will not allow a date to be set on a church calendar for a wedding if couples are living together, yet we get this from our leadership in Great Britain. Silence would have done fine on this one, your Excellencies.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Apr. 28, 2011 3:00 PM ET USA

    Pardon my cynicism, but does the Cardinal actually think Kate and William give a hoot about getting married on the feast of St, Catherine of Siena? "It is beautiful that they are being married on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena?"

  • Posted by: Joseph Paul - Apr. 28, 2011 8:13 AM ET USA

    The Royal couple could have been a wonderful example to others of their generation. Unfortunately they have chosen to live together before marriage and hence are a very bad example to other young people who may be so tempted. How far we have fallen as a civilisation that their immorality goes unmentioned. I wonder why the Bishops of England and Wales had to grovel in this way. Silence would have been more instructive.