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A wedding shouldn’t be an excuse for Catholics not to attend Mass, the Albanian archbishop behind the ban argues.9 August 2017
Last Thursday, Angelo Massafra, one of the country’s two Catholic archbishops, announced a ban on Sunday weddings, sparking a debate among the country’s relatively small Catholic minority.
The number of Sunday weddings is the greatest in summer, and some 15 to 20 couples keep the Shkodra Catholic Cathedral occupied every Sunday, while the exchange of vows prevents their friends and family from attending the liturgy, priest Artur Jaku told Balkan Insight. Jaku also said that Catholic weddings in Albania used to take place on Mondays until the 1990s before it became fashionable to tie the knot on Sundays.
Some of the believers who support the move agreed that attending Sunday ceremonies should be the priority.
“The wedding can be organized on another day. In the Bible, it does not say that it has to be on Sunday, but it says that that is a day to be dedicated only to God,” Klevis Paloka, one churchgoer, told Balkan Insight.
“Although there is no general ban on church weddings on Sundays, some dioceses and parishes have long had an informal practice of discouraging them, in part because of the conflict with regularly scheduled Masses and other parish activities,” CRUX, a Catholic news site, reports. It was unclear whether the site, which is based in Colorado, was referring to the situation in the United States or worldwide.
The ban will come into effect on 1 January 2018.
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