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Royal wedding shows Britain still cares about marriage, says archbishop

By on Saturday, 30 April 2011

Prince William makes his vows to Miss Kate Middleton    Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince William makes his vows to Miss Kate Middleton Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The royal wedding “gives the lie” to the notion that British society doesn’t care about marriage, the Archbishop of Westminster has said.

Speaking in an interview with the Catholic Herald in Rome this afternoon, Archbishop Vincent Nichols went on to compare the beatification of Pope John Paul II, which takes place tomorrow morning, with the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which he attended yesterday.

He said: “Tomorrow, in a way, is a celebration of the same love that William and Catherine promised to each other – yesterday in marriage, today in service of priest, bishop and Pope – but it’s the same well-spring of love that comes from God that we see on both days.”

Describing yesterday’s events in Westminster Abbey, Archbishop Nichols said that the crowd cheered at two points during the wedding ceremony. He said: “It was very remarkable when it happened. The first [instance] was when the two exchanged their promises. So when Catherine said ‘I will’ there was a great cheer. People recognised the solemnity of the promises that were being made. The second was when the Archbishop of Canterbury said ‘So in the sight of God and these people I now declare you man and wife’ and there was a great cheer.

“There is popular recognition that marriage is a fresh start. That this from now on was something different and it was a profound change in the life of both those young people. And everybody recognises it. I think that gives the lie to the idea that marriage is of little consequence in our society. It clearly is of great consequence in the eyes of people witnessing and taking part in that marriage yesterday.”

Archbishop Nichols and his predecessor Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor arrived in Rome this morning to take part in tonight and tomorrow’s ceremonies after attending the royal wedding yesterday. Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and Bishop Arthur Roche were the other two members of the British hierarchy to be in Rome for the beatification of the late pope.

Events leading up to tomorrow’s beatification kick off tonight at the Circus Maximus where the Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini will lead a prayer vigil for pilgrims.

  • Brian

    I know people will say that everything is being done properly but I do feel it is a great pity that Archbishop Nichols has not been appointed a Cardinal and meanwhile Cardinal Cormac continues to appear at occasions such as the Royal Wedding, presumably as the representative of English Catholics. Cardinal Cormac chose to retire from his position in Westminster. Archbishop Nichols now speaks for us and I feel he should be a cardinal, and the retired one should adopt a very low profile.

  • Kiranignatius

    is it possible to date the article… it has so many todays and tomorrows and its confusing cos I live in another time zone…

  • Dr. Wolfgang Munster Schnoozle

    Why is it Roman Catholics (the church of the caesers) feels it is suitably placed to sanction by way of unsolicited comment, Anglican marriage patrimony? It’s not as if the catholic church exercises a higher moral authority and we don’t have a leader who believes he’s can separate what is joined by God by the virtues of blasphemy.

    The Anglican church often does these things more respectful in many ways than the Romans and this wedding service was a real tribute to the archbishop and cofe.

    It is about time the Romans recognised we Anglicans broke away never rto eturn but continues to work towards a united catholic church on the basis we have more in common with orthodox church who scripture adherence is more prominent.

  • Anonymous

    I think that there is somewhat of an artificial fissure created between the CofE and the Catholic Church. This fissure is expanded and exaggerated by extremists and traditionalists on both sides.
    The perceived gulf between the sides is much smaller than portrayed, in my opinion.

  • Dr.Wolfgang

    Yes, your right in that most lay people as such don’t wish to engage what is referred to as extreme or traditional views but that is to cover ones own eyes because we dont like what we see!. Today as of 900 years ago, the Roman Catholics desires to rule over our Queen and Anglican patrimony continues unabated only the instruments used to achieve it have changed. Where once it was war, torture, fear and desecration of Christianity itself, it is now contempt, outright blasphemy (where else does a leader of a Christian church demand those who aspire to follow Christ, commit an act of mortal sin against him by way of demanding the indoctrination of acolytes into accepting a fallible human pope as God himself, and not least simple lies and scriptural distortions.

    Hard to accept? read the newly selected Monsignor Keith Newtons prayer page who of course acts under the corruption and direction of the pope himself.

  • aisake

    Pagans are always critised, victimise and discriminate, please Dr.Wolfgang Munster be proactive becuase we are people of Christ, though we are many but ONE BODY, please we don’t call or brand the Anglican as Church of Satan which is a breakaway from the Catholic Church due to King’s of England wants to have two wife. This has agaisnt the law of the Church and the bible said we only allowed to receive the sacrement of matrimony once through the selfishness and his greedy he disobey the Pope’s instruction and he started his own church. this is your foundation Anglican which is diosobedient, unfaithful, greedy, selfish and if you have come back than this will be solve. please know the foundation of the Church and try to comment on the Catholic Church issues

  • Ratbag

    Well said, aisake!

  • Dr.Wolfgang Munster Schnoozle

    It’s not about our Anglican failings of Christ’s church, its about the roman church exercising a self appointed authority to lecture Anglican Christian worship of G+ds law where no authority exists.

    Our Archibishop and his bishops doesn’t teach he is a equivalent of G+d on earth like the Roman Catholic leader and his bishops do which is a gross scriptural lie, an outrage against the church of Christ itself and a mortal sin. Is it our leaders responsible for the murder of millions or they who committed dreadful torture of innocents in the name of the holy one?

    I’ll ask the question once again: By what measure of authority does your Roman church feel it is suitably placed to lecture Anglicans on the law of Christian matrimony?