We, are preached that persons living together without getting married in a Church, then the same means living in mortal sin, but do our churches encourage marriages.
Today a number of churches give out open spaces to hold wedding receptions.Look around Mumbai and one will realise that every second church/ school gives out its premises for weddings.
From the face of it nothing seems to be wrong but investigate deeper and one will realise that the hall/ open space is given to one person only or the hall is being booked by a booking clerk.That one person/booking clerk has created his monopoly . Investigate and you will be told that the said booking clerk is a poor person That one person may be a poor person but he forces you to do the decor from only one person Why?
He forces you to go to one particular caterer if he is not one Why?
He forces you to take the center piece and back drop from one person Why?
He forces you to pay a clean up fee of thousands of rupees to clean up when the cost may be just one thousand Why?
That poor jobless person who is now given a booking clerks job , now has a couple of cars, a few flats in Mumbai and his native place and can afford foreign trips.Yes he has made enough money from his share of monopoly kickback but he will still be referred to as poor.
Do you feel that the authorities are not aware?
No the authorities are definitely aware but why are they silent?
Are they also getting a kick back from the poor jobless booking clerk?
Why should catholics who are mostly working persons made to pay exorbitant rates when they can avail of much cheaper options?
Why are monopolies created?Why just one caterer/ decorator/etc?
Are we encouraging our young people to get married in the Church and have Catholic receptions?
Has profit become the sole aim of these institutions?
Are institutions built with the funds contributed by these same very persons who volunteered their time and energies during their young days in order to ensure that the very same institution is built by selling tickets for fairs, advertisements etc all gone to vain?
Are these the values which we have imparted?
Go around ask young people who are getting married if what is stated is true or false and you will know the correct position.
If things don’t change more and more people will opt for quiet civil marriages and I think the religious will have to blame themselves for this sorry mess and yes more people will leave the church .