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Forbidding the banns of marriage

14 June 2019

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Does any reader recall an instance of someone “forbidding the banns”? . . . [Answers, 7 June]

Your answers: I don’t; but when I was ordained in 1961, I asked my father, Canon Ashley Turner, whether he had ever encountered an objection.

“Just once,” he replied. “When at one wedding I pronounced the words, ‘Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace,’ a voice came from the back of the church: “’Ee cahn’t be married to her, ’ee’s married to me.”

He asked the relevant persons to come to the vestry. The objection was accurate. I didn’t ask when and where it was, but he was ordained priest in 1924 and served the next 13 years in mostly Barking and Dagenham.

“Or . . . for ever hold his peace” is omitted from our new marriage service because it had relevance only when wider rules of Affinity forbade marriage in circumstances of which a couple could be ignorant, e.g. if the bridegroom’s mother and bride’s father had made love in their youth, and this was held to have set up a relationship that constituted an impediment. If someone knew of this, he was to speak up now or never, not years later when the couple had children.

(The Revd) Martin Turner


Your question: When may an Anglican receive communion in a Roman Catholic church when travelling abroad? Is it always permissible if there is no Anglican service near by, or must there be a case of grave need (such as a stay of several months)?

A. Y.

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