Revealed: 91pc of people believe that non religious couples who have a church wedding are 'hypocritical'
People who have a church wedding despite not practising a religion are hypocritical, according to a poll by Independent.ie.
Nearly three thousand people took part in the survey, which revealed that an overwhelming 91pc of people believe that non religious couples who who hold their wedding in a church are 'hypocrites'.
Of the 2986 people polled, 2712 believed the idea of non practising couples tying the knot in a church was hypocritical, while 274 readers voted in the contrary.
Other readers had their say in the comments section.
One reader said that while they believe churches should keep rules, they should allow non religious couples to marry there as when they have children or get older they may become more religious.
"Why not?" said another reader.
"The Church sees nothing with imposing a "Baptism barrier", knowing full well that this will result in many, many couples getting their children baptised, simply to get them into the local school.
If the Church is not prepared to take Baptism seriously, then why should people take the religious aspect of a church wedding seriously?"
Why not? The Church sees nothing with imposing a "Baptism barrier", knowing full well that this will result in many, many couples getting their children baptised, simply to get them into the local school.
If the Church is not prepared to take Baptism seriously, then why should people take the religious aspect of a church wedding seriously?
Marriage is, after all, primarily a civil contract - the religious aspect has no standing in civil law.
They shouldn't be allowed to use the church if they aren't religious. Incredible arrogance by this woman, whoever she is.
I don't think it's hypocritical to want a church wedding if you're not religious - this is a solemn life long commitment being entered into and a church is a perfect setting to emphasise that.
The lady in question said "but I am paying to USE the church". Enough said. Has it never occurred to her that if it wasn't for the regular church goers that keep the church open she wouldn't have a church to USE. Imagine her in the church on the day and not being able to follow her own mass or answer any of the responses along with her minions no doubt.
On the one hand, it is hypocritical to get married in a church if you are not religious. On the other hand, maybe it is not such a bad idea that, in a time of incrasing secularisation, people are at least maintaining some cultural traditions. At any rate, I certainly think the priest mentioned in the above article was dead right to insist on only having religious music and hymns during the ceremony. The bride was very arrogant to think the Church does not have the right to decide what kind of music is played in their buildings.
To get married you need a solemniser (careful how you say that) and once again the church have a virtual monopoly as there are very few solemnisers outside the clergy. The HSE have a few and there are some private indivduals but they are very hard to get. My point is that sometimes it's just too difficult to arrange a non-church wedding.