Priest blames fear of life-long commitment over declining registered marriages

 By Elyjah Rosales

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin

The continuous decrease in the number of registered marriages in the country is because of one’s apprehension of long-term commitment, a Catholic priest told.

Diocese of Tarlac’s Father Melvin Castro explained that “behind this phenomenon” lies this reality “on part of the couples.”

Still, he added that it could also be due to the shortfall of the catechesis or religious instruction.

“Probably also, some do not see the any need for the reception of the sacraments. And this latter reason is mainly because of the lack of catechesis,” stated Father Castro.

Accordingly, some officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life claimed that this is capable of going further considering the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

It may be because of the cancellation and postponement of church weddings, the Tarlac priest chimed in.

Earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed how the number of registered marriages in 2019 tallied 431,972 from 2018’s 449,169 total.

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