Thursday, January 26, 2017

Indian bishop stirs controversy over marriage guidelines

Controversial new guidelines issued by Syro Malabar bishopAn elaborate set of guidelines issued by a Syro-Malabar bishop for ceremonies including marriages and funerals have caused controversy in the Church's base in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil of Thamaraserry issued the circular on January 15. 

It was based on decisions made at the Thamaraserry diocesan general assembly from January 9-11, said Fr Abraham Kavilpurayidam, the diocesan chancellor.

The guidelines said that Catholic men should marry before the age of 25 and women before 23. 

They also said that extravagant ceremonies should be avoided and banned bridesmaids and flower girls in the ceremony.

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