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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 22, W5 Common-law union increases Canadians skip church ceremony TORONTO "Coupling increasing phenomenally. It without benefit of clergy, or now affects nice middle class city hall for that matter, is church families who never RUN OVER AND SEE US! career 'ait campus March 7 and 8 Friday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday: 12 noon to 6 p.m. SEE films and demonstrations fashion shows disaster simulation counselling sessions and much more! REMEMBER YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR FALL! Get a jump on tomorrow at the SOUTHERN ALBERTA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 1301 16 Avenue N.W., Calgary T2MOL4 dreamed such things would happen to their children writes Toronto journalist Barric Zwicker in a recent United Church Observer. After gathering opinions from United Church ministers across Canada and nine per- sons from 18 years of age to 42 who have lived common law, came to these conclusions: While there are probably as many as 20 per cent of young Canadian couples now living together without having gone through a marriage ceremony, "the trend is not an isolated aberration. It is part of a completely different way these people, mainly young, look at a span of issues birth control, abortion, religion, wedding rings, all ceremonies, the role of women, child rearing and family communication." "The United Church firmly believes in marriage, for life, so do nearly all its ministers. So do most of its families. "But not all their young peo- ple accept that Zwicker states in his article. Some see the traditional wed- ding, with its rituals and sym- bols, as a Ken and Barbie doll caricature of real marriage To them, the ceremony neither makes them married nor is it seen as a beginning. It only confirms what the couple has found by living together." The unrriarrieds Zwicker interviewed were all willing to be identified which in itself, he thought, was a significant change in attitude. He found them happy and well balanced and concluded although he himself is married that "the rise of the unmarried couple is a positive development. The couples I know have taught rne a good deal. One lesson is that transitions in morality need not rend families; they can be opportunities for growth." The following guidelines for parents are included in the Observer article: 1. Simply try to understand. Don't be judgmental. 2. Avoid hypocrisy. 3. Try to realize your son or daughter probably feels less guilt than you perhaps none at all about premarital sex. 4. Avoid moralizing. "Moralizing will bring back a weak kitten, or push a belligerent person into says one counsellor. 5. Stay in touch. Leave the doors open. 6. Ask yourself if you have placed your children on a pedestal. 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Enjoy this entertaining gift from Neonex Housing Industries when you purchase a new Neonex Home between February 21 and March and take possession before April 30th, 1975. 1 lUS You may qualify for GOVT. GRANT Ask your dealer for details of the Federal Government's Grant to First Time Purchasers! QUALITY CRAFTED BY NEONEX HOUSING INDUSTRIES Look for these famous Neonex models: ESTATE IMPERIAL BRENTWOOD EMPEROR NOW AT THIS DEALER JOE'S MOBILE HOMES LTD, 32161st South (On Highway 3 to Tator) Curate topples bachelors By HUGH A. MULLIGAN KNOCK, County Mayo (AP) "Romantic Ireland's dead and the poet wrote. But then he never had met the likes of Kev. Michael Keane, a country curate who successfully toppled the most formidable fortress in the land: Irish bachelorhood. For the past century, the Irish republic has had the low- est marriage rate and the old- est marrying age in the world. Her bachelors hold out longer and marry later than any oth- ers. "Irish wrote historian Arland Usher, "have hardly enough sex to perpetuate their own can- tankerous species." (But he was a Protestant, born in London of Ulster stock. Be- sides, that was before the Knock Marriage Introductions Bureau came on the scene. The bureau, which Father Keane founded in 1968 in the west of Ireland, already has brought about 100 marriages in a rural area hard hit by the flight of colleens to the cities and to England in search of jobs and husbands. More amazingly, the Knock bureau has induced nearly rural Irishmen to take the first faltering steps away from the pub and the race track in the direction of the altar. "I don't look upon myself as a said Father Keane, interviewed in the par- lor of this County Mayo presbytery. "All I do is introduce people, the way a pal would for you at a dance. After that, it's up to you." The priest is 49 and round and cherubic, with only the trace of a brogue. A survey just completed of 71 of the first 100 marriages arranged by the bureau shows that two-thirds of the brides were under 40 years old, while the opposite was true of the grooms, 18 of whom already were in their 50s. Dublin, with 24, provided the largest contingent of brides. Galaway, with 17, relinquish- ed the most bachelors. Farmers and tradesmen ac- counted for more than half of the new husbands; smop clerks and nurses were the most frequent brides. Father Keane hit on the idea for the marriage bureau while going through government census reports. One statistic leaped from the page: rural Ireland, where he was born, had more bachelors, than spinsters. He thought of all the abandoned farm houses and "all the lonely old men go- ing to pot around the pubs, while the girls were leaving the land in 'droves to find husbands in the cities." He persuaded the bishops of western Ireland's six rural dioceses to send two delegates each to a conference at Knock, a famous shrine to Our Lady in County Mayo. From it emerged the Marriage Introductions Bureau. The bureau has had nearly inquiries and introduced couples. Two out of every three applicants have been men. The bureau moves at the cautious pace of the Irish bachelor, who traditionally regards horses, dogs, tobacco and women as the good things of life but, as the latest joke has it, "not necessarily in that order.since the government came out against smoking." Applicants, 'both male and female, fill out a form detail- ing their background. education, hobbies, "income or size of farm" and enclose two recent photographs. Without revealing names, the bureau sends along the pic- tures and basic questionnaire of a suitable girl and asks if the man would like to meet her. If he agrees, his picture and questionnaire are sent to the girl. When she agrees to an in- troduction, the bureau asks the man to write a letter to the girl, through the bureau. Then it's up to her to pursue it by writing directly to the man and revealing her address. "It's here we step out of the Father Keane said. "We never meet the couples and don't get invited to the weddings, which is just as well because secrecy and dis- cretion, especially where men are concerned, are the major features of our success story." If the bureau is in doubt about any applicant's in- tentions, it conducts its own private research through the local parish priests. The curate blamed the reluctance of Irish bachelors to face the wedding march on the old problem, now hopeful- ly fading, of inheriting the land too late from aging parents who grow possessive of their unmarried sons, par- ticularly the oldest, and selec- tive and suspicious of prospec- tive mates. That is changing now. With the challenge of the European Common Market, Irish farmers tend to hand on the farms earlier to their better educated children. "The west of ob- served Father Keane, "is changing from survival farm- ing to professional farming. Factories moving to the west of Ireland have provided work to keep the girls at home, and television and modern appliances have made farm life more acceptable to them. Father Keane thinks that shyness "and a fear of rejec- tion" now account for much of the timidity displayed by rural Irish suitors. "A country lad has his pride and thinks that everyone around will know if he's been turned down, while a city lad can just go on to a different girl with no one being the wiser." Father Keane tells of one country couple who were "walking out together" for 23 years. Finally, the girl is persudaded by the parish priest to force the issue. 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