According to Robert Pigott, the Religious Correspondent for the BBC...
The synod ... couldn't be faulted for its steadfast support of the institution of marriage...
There's been some alarm in Church circles at the steady decline in the number of couples opting for matrimony. Figures last month showed the lowest rate ever.
It also faces intense competition from clubs, hotels, and even beaches in far-off countries to host the event.
The result was a measure significantly extending the choice of parish churches open to couples.
And then he adds these telling comments...
There still seems to be a feeling that a church is the "proper" place to get married.Seems to me that is a tacit admission that 'God' can see only what's going on in church which, by definition, means that 'He' is not omnipotent if 'He' can't see into registry offices, clubs, hotels, and even beaches in far-off countries, or any of the alternative venues that people prefer to be married in rather than a church and officiated over by a hypocritical cleric muttering superstitious mumbo-jumbo.
The Church's own research suggests that people feel vows made in the sight of God carry more weight than those made elsewhere.
Mind you, given that church attendance in the UK is a minority hobby, indulged in solely by the credulous , the needy, the ignorant, the delusional, the hypocritical, and the would-be social climbers, or a combination thereof, it is hardly surprising that these ne'er-do-well clerics with their sinecures are becoming increasingly worried that they will soon have little to do except talk amongst themselves.
Still, they could always occupy themselves with a modern variation of the hoary question, "How many angels could stand on the head of a pin?"with this one, "How many clerics have sexually abused people?"
Funny how 'God' didn't see any of that going on either!