In April, for the last two years, we had issues which caused a great deal of public anguish. Last year, the sinking of the Sewol Ferry, and this year the news of large scale corruption in government, but it is also the month of flowers and weddings.
renewed by the attendance at a wedding with the newly weds expressing
their joy in a new life that begins. Peace Weekly, Peace Columnist,
recounts the joy of attending a Wedding Mass and all that is associated
with a wedding. He laments, however, this is not something that all
can enjoy and precedes to tell us why.
us to a book by two professors Cabone and Cahn who have written Marriage
Markets, which describes how income of the couples influences the markets for
marriage: less marriage when the income is lower and more when higher.
is also our reality. A marriage business enterprise, working in the
field is quoted as saying, the average money spent on a marriage
including the home would be over 200,000 dollars. Without this kind of
money available one can't contemplate marriage.
Korea those who are not married by 50 are consider unmarried for life. In 1980
only 0.4% were in this category, in 2010 this has increased to 5%.
Japan is in a more difficult situation, in 1980 only 2.6% were
unmarried, in 2010 it rose to 20.1 %.
This year we will
have the population house census made every 5 years. Since Korea, in
respect to population transitions, has many similarities with Japan,
the writer surmises that there will be big surprises in the
numbers who remain single for life--those who have given up on romance
and marriage because of money and emotional reasons.
year we had the extraordinary synod on the family and Cardinal Yeom of
Seoul was quoted as saying that with the solving of the problems in the
family all will be solved. The first barrier for this is marriage
itself and a need for the Church to get involved. The family is what supports the country, society and the church, We don't want to go in the direction of the United States, where marriage becomes the choice of the
elite and middle class.
The Church needs to open the doors
of its 1,682 churches to those who are dreaming of marriage. The church
needs to lower expenses and start spreading news to make a new culture for marriage.