PHILIPPINES: More Couples Living Together Without Marriage

In this Year of Faith, one of the biggest challenges is to encourage Catholic couples to get married in Church.  The domestic church, the Christian family, cannot be built, without the foundation of a Christian marriage. 

Filipino family life has changed drastically as marriage is losing ground and more couples live together without tying the knot.  

This was the result of the “Truth Survey”, survey which was commissioned by the Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas and this was  conducted during the second quarter of 2012.  The survey showed that 57.7 percent of the 2,500 Catholic respondents were found to be unmarried in churches.

Using random sampling, the “Truth Survey” was conducted in 85 archdioceses and dioceses covering the country’s 17 regions for the topic “The Filipino Catholicity. 

The poll also showed that for those belonging to salary class D or those earning  P4, 999 and below a month, there were 47 percent% who said they got married in the Church.  This could be attributed to the Mass weddings organized by various local governments or organizations to help those in financial struggle to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani, vice chairperson of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Doctrine of the Faith, lamented the findings of the survey.  He said the survey just confirmed what he has known all along and demands for “serious pastoral concern.”

CBCP Media Office director Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, for his part, said the results of the survey is “very alarming”.  He even lamented that many unmarried couples continue to receive Holy Communion during Masses even if they were not married in the Church.


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