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Anglicans, Catholics Pray for Wedded Bliss for William & Kate

As the April 29 royal wedding rapidly approaches, is it creepy or sweet to pray for Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton to stay faithful to each other?

Well, it can’t hurt, right? (Especially not with some people actually betting on divorce.) After all, with all the scandal that has plagued Britain’s House of Windsor in the past generation — three of Queen Elizabeth’s four children got divorces, including William’s infamous parents Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana — there’s a concern that if shiny, happy William and Kate crash and burn, it would really mean the end of the monarchy. This determination to stay married is apparently enough to discourage commoner Kate from signing a pre-nup.


Remember, the British monarch is still head of the Church of England, which seems relatively flexible on weddings and was pretty much founded on the notion that divorce should be an option (for good old Henry VIII — here’s a photo of where his allegedly unfaithful replacement wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard later lost their heads at the Tower of London), but spiritual figureheads tend to be held to a higher standard.


So, Catholics and Anglicans alike — including young schoolchildren — are praying for the royal couple.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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posted April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Off the above stated topic:

“There are still some bugs in the system” (A nod to gary trudeau and “Doonesbury”)

The updates are not working very well. Lots of trouble negotiating between pages here on B’net. I think the Tiger has more work to do!

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posted April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Did they pray for Di and Charles?

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posted April 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

They should just pray that the Royal couple have a long and happy life together. That’s my wish for them. So to wish them to stay faithful to each other, sounds creepy not sweet.

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posted April 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

It takes more than prayers and good wishes to make a marriage work.

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posted April 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

After 57 yrs. together, in all honesty it wasn’t so hard.

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