Friday 28 July 2017

Misleading statistic on marriage bolsters secular agenda

‘The 34pc of couples who have non-church marriages are not necessarily anti-religious’ (picture posed)
‘The 34pc of couples who have non-church marriages are not necessarily anti-religious’ (picture posed)
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In his piece about faith schools admissions policy (Irish Independent, January 17), Education Minister Richard Bruton quotes a statistic that, in 2016, 66pc of all marriages were church weddings while more that 96pc of primary schools are controlled by the churches. He states that this is unfair.

Not for the first time has this statistic been used by public figures to make some point in favour of a more secular agenda.

My question regarding the marriage statistic is this - of the 34pc of non-church marriages in 2016, how many were second marriages for one or both partners and therefore the option of a church marriage was not open to them even though they may have wished to be married in church?

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