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Spanish couples are rejecting Catholic Church weddings

Spanish couples are rejecting Catholic Church weddings

Church weddings have hit an all time low in Spain.

Only 22.2 percent of 68,560 couples tied the knot in Spain’s dwindling number of Catholic Churches in the first half of 2016.

According to The Olive Press, this is a huge fall from the same period in the year 2000, when 75 percent had a Catholic ceremony.

Barcelona province had the lowest number of Christian ceremonies in mainland Spain, at only 10.5 percent.

Malaga saw the least in Andalucia, with 21.6 percent.

However, neighbouring Jaen had the highest in the country, at 53 percent.

Alfonso Pérez-Agote, a sociologist, says three main reasons explain the nosedive in Catholic weddings.

These are the impact of the economic crisis, which has left 34.4 percent of under 30s unemployed and a change in cultural views, which means marriage is not seen as important.

He added that growing secularisation also played a part.

The young people of today are the children of those disinterested in religion. When they think of getting married, they don’t think of doing so in the church.”

In 2015, The Local reported that more than half of Spaniards admit that they are either “not religious” or are “convinced atheists”, according to a global study that shows the dramatic loss of faith in the traditionally Roman Catholic nation.

In fact, with one in five Spaniards insisting that they are “convinced atheists” Spain ranks fifth on the global list of adamant non-believers.

Only 37 percent of Spaniards described themselves as “religious” while 35 percent  said they were “not religious” and 20 percent went even further and declared that they were “convinced atheists”.

Once the bastion of Roman Catholicism, Spain was responsible for the Inquisition and the birth of orders including the Dominicans, the Jesuits and Opus Dei. But religion has been on the wane since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.

The last Pope, Benedict XVI, saw Spain as one of the principle nations ripe for evangelism and visited the country three times in his eight year as pontiff.

But the number of churchgoers has continued to fall.

According to the survey, only China (61 percent), Hong Kong (34 percent), Japan (31 percent) and the Czech Republic (30 percent) registered more “convinced atheists” that Spain.

In Western Europe, approximately half of the population described themselves as “not religious” or “a convinced atheist” in the survey.

• The photo used to illustrate this report was taken by Becky Sharpe outside a Spanish town hall registry office.

6 responses to “Spanish couples are rejecting Catholic Church weddings”

  1. John says:

    Very interesting.
    Of course, there was a considerable anti-clerical movement in Spain during the Republican period in the 1930s.
    It seems the more people get exposed to the reality of the RCC, the more they end up distancing themselves from it.
    It just goes to show how backward countries like the UK and US are becoming with their political elites so wedded (to use a phrase!) to imposing religious “values” on everyone else.

  2. Feddie says:

    Best News I have heard all week.
    The RCC is an evil organisation. A parasitising blood sucking crime syndicate of sinister child raping and onanistic seed spilling sexually repressed misfit men and covens of equally nasty child beating sex starved guilt ridden virgin (yeah right) women bullied by cruel resentful dried up old hags.
    Henry VIII had his faults but he was dead right about the RCC.

  3. Broga says:

    I was married in a Register Office: quick, cheap, invite as few people as you can get away with, avoid all the dressing up and, of course, no religion. That was a long time ago and I have been to some grisly weddings since.

    The worst I recall was a “big wedding” of a niece in a church. The event was hyped for months in advance with endless discussions and arguments. A central figure was “the mother of the bride” as she called herself.

    She insisted on interviewing prospective ushers and bridesmaids. She was determined that my daughter, at Newnham at the time, should, to the relief of my daughter, not be a bridesmaid. The theory within the family was that Cambridge was a more prestigious university than her daughter’s and comparisons might be made. The mother of the bride was also heard to say that my daughter was “unsound on religion” i.e. she was an atheist.

    Some of the most furious arguments were about who would be at the “top table” at the bunfight later. None of my immediate family made the cut. The vicar did and gave a mercifully short speech on the virtues of faith within a marriage.

    The couple got divorced.

  4. Smithers says:

    OT – Sort Of.
    Herein lies the nub of main problem befouling humanity today, as it has befouled humanity for millennia.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-38628338
    Until this problem is solved other solvable problems such as environmental change, energy shortages, burgeoning populations, pollution, poverty, ignorance, hunger, drought, pandemic etc etc. will not be solved.
    The problem is religion and its hateful divisive retardation. This is what happens when a follower of one nasty dogma preaches from his fatuous confected holy book of lies, after being invited to do so, to the congregation of and inside the “sacred building” of another specious dogma. Its like puting a lit match to petrol. Instant incendiary uncontrolled violent reaction. Kuffars can’t even visit Mecca. The pious, for as long as they are numerous enough to make a difference and fuck things up, will impair, impede and beggar human secular enterprise.

  5. Michael Glass says:

    The growth in civil marriages is not confined to Spain. It has also happened in the UK and Australia.

  6. Stephen Mynett says:

    The other area where religion is being elbowed out is funerals, which is also a good thing. Funerals can never be nice but at least non religious ones allow you to say good bye to a friend or relative without a lot of claptrap from a preacher who is often more intent on pushing his brand of god rather than remembering the deceased.

    The majority of people in the countries Michael Glass see religion for what it is, a selfish self-promoting sham for the benefit of an elite few. It is a pity our politicians are dishonest enough to keep on supporting it.