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Saturday 21 April 2018

Marriage seen as a date with debt: bishop

Sarah MacDonald

COUPLES are putting off marriage due to the hefty cost and a holy sacrament is being seen as an "encounter with debt", a bishop has warned.

Bishop Denis Nulty, the president of the Catholic marriage and counselling agency Accord, expressed concern over the financial burden of costly wedding receptions.

"It is a huge expense on a couple and the spiritual can be squeezed out," he warned.

"We should try our best, as church leaders, to get people to focus on the encounter with the living Christ rather than the encounter with debt."

Read more: Revealed: This is how much Irish couples spent on their weddings in 2017

Separately, he said Tusla had not been in touch with Accord with any warning on pulling funding amid controversy over counselling for same-sex couples. He also said that, although a Catholic organisation, Accord had an open-door policy for those who needed help.

However, he acknowledged they "know the ethos that we are talking about as well - we're not shy about that". "It is sacramental marriage we are talking about - but also we are accompanying as best we can those who want our services."

Irish Independent

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