Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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Manx Church Magazine - October 1937 continued

My Dear People,

DIVORCE. - As no doubt you know, a Divorce Bill is to be introduced into the House of Keys in October, which seeks to extend the grounds for divorce in the Isle of Man on the lines of the Bill now passed in England. As Christians we know that these Divorce Bills are not only meant to separate 'those whom God has joined together', but to give them opportunity to 're-marry'. When divorced persons 're-marry' (according to the State laws), they are living in the sin of adultery if we are to believe Christ's words, which we can find in the gospels according to St Mark (x. 11-12) and St Luke (xvi. 18 ). When people marry, they promise to take one another 'for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, 'til death us do part'. Divorce only makes a mockery of these words, and, as Christians, we should oppose divorce on any grounds. There are petitions that we can sign, either as members of the Church or members of the Mothers' Union, and I hope you will not fail to sign one or the other. We shall be called narrow and rigid but we need not be afraid to follow Christ's Laws.

THE HARVEST FESTIVAL will be held on Thursday October 14th and Sunday October 17th. Arrangements will be announced later.

Your sincere friend and Vicar,

Lewis C. Watson

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