Mass weddings in Manila
MANILA, August 11 -- Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, expressing concern over the increasing number of Catholic couples living together without the blessings of matrimony, has directed all pastors in
parishes of the Archdiocese to hold mass weddings at least once every two years. Catechists and mem-bers of the Legion of Mary are especially mandated to seek and minister to unmarried Catholic couples who
are living together.
"It is the thrust of the Church to make the spiritual blessings of the Church available to all, especially the poor," the Cardinal said in a circular released recently. "Nobody must be
deprived of the blessings of the sacrament because of material poverty."
Likewise, he admonished pastors who are soliciting the help of politicians or those aspiring for elective positions in the next elections," For
the sake of pastoral discipline, mass weddings must be initiated by our pastoral workers and parish priests and must be kept untainted by partisan politics," the Cardinal stressed.