Norwegian bishop says priests will no longer officiate at civil marriages
April 22, 2016
Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo has indicated that Catholic priests in Norway will no longer act as civil officials at weddings.
The bishop consulted with the Vatican about how churches should underline the distinction between civil ceremonies and Christian marriages, after the Lutheran Church in Norway, which represents roughly three-fourths of the country's people-- voted to recognize same-sex unions. Bishop Eidsvig told Catholic News Service that "politicians may now get aggressive toward churches who resist these weddings, so the best option is for us to stop conducting marriages on the state's behalf."
Bishop Eidsvig said that many Norwegians continue to reject same-sex marriage. He joined with Protestant leders in protesting the decision by the Lutheran synod, saying that recognition of same-sex unions violated "not only the Christian understanding of marriage, but also the historic and universal view of marriage."