IVA Movement calls for better marriage preparation by the State

Pro-divorce lobby Moviment IVA today met in Floriana outside the headquarters of the Church’s Cana movement to call for better marriage preparation by the State. 

IVA chairperson Deborah Schembri stressed on the difference between the civil and religious aspects of registered marriages. “We ware not talking of divorce from Church marriages. We are only talking of divorce from the civil aspect of marriages. We need to make this distinction, because divorce will not affect the religious aspect of marriage.”

Schembri also said that the movement felt the State was not doing enough to help couples prepare for marriage, as much as the Cana Movement has done. “The State has no courses in marriage preparation but the Cana Movement has helped to fill in this void. So we’re not denying the importance of marriage, we think it is important Malta has strong marriages.”

Schembri also said it was important that different couples who choose to be married by civil marriage are also taken care of.

Michael Falzon once again stressed the importance of a clear separation between State and Church and also reiterated that divorce does not dissolve the religious aspect of marriage.

Schembri added the Constitutional court will next Monday give its decision on the Broadcasting Authority’s removal of Moviment Iva’s spot featuring Mgr Charles Vella, founder of the Cana movement.

More in Divorce Referendum
avatar
Jessica Chetcuti
Marisa, I wish I knew what the hell you are talking about.
avatar
Dr.Deborah, This is the last week before ,decision day. Watch out for , in maltese *gambetta/i * Some are famous on election eve.
avatar
The broader our understanding of life and the universe in which we live, the LOUDER we can hear our CONSCIENCE. . The narrower and tighter our awareness of life and the universe in which we live, the more likely we are to seek ADVICE about moral matters from external authorities. . The hollow voice of the external authority acts as an artificial life support for those people without a conscience.
avatar
@ Just Ray Maybe you were born with an infused learning strategy already. Or it could be that you are still benefiting from the blessings of good family strategies unconsciously still working. You can turn your back to indicators of a happy marriage but surely resources of such indicators will be lost in time for future generations unless you transmit them consciously. That is when the light of truth will shine brightest.
avatar
Jessica Chetcuti
I disagree with Dr Schembri, why should the state have anything to do in helping couples prepare for marriage. Any young couple contemplating “tying the knot” should have the intelligence or at least be aware that all marriages are not made in heaven, they have to be worked on and it’s not always the proverbial bed of roses that you imagine...... You certainly don’t need to go on a course to know that. My wife and I never had any help or in fact needed it; we’ve been married for 46 years, and even though we’ve had our ups and downs (what marriage doesn’t) we stuck it out because of two important factors..... love and toleration. @Just Ray, I agree with you about couples hardly seeing each other because of work commitments, and it’s no longer the case of both having to work so they can buy luxury goods, it’s now a case of both having to work to get a descent combined income. I also realise that there are others who are not as fortunate as I am in the marriage stakes and that is why I will be voting “Yes” in the referendum.
avatar
@ Victor Laiviera . That's what I said: My happy marriage does not put me off from voting YES! Sorry is I am misunderstood. My massage was not to let anyone pull you by your nose and reason your life with yourself, nothing more nothing less. . YES to divorce for all those who need it because I am not selfish like many other are!
avatar
Ian George Walker
Just Ray - thank God, or fate or your lucky stars or whatever that you love your wife and she loves you. Therefore you have no need of divorce. But think of the thousands who are not as lucky as you - and don'r be a dog-in-the-manger. Vote Yes.
avatar
What the hell is this? . Do you mean for one to get married he/she has to go to a course by the intellectual before doing so? . What rubbish is this? . I have been married for over 30 years and did not go to any Cana movement course and my marriage is still strong from top to bottom. The reason is very simple; I love my wife and she loves me. We have three children whom we together worked hard for (even when we had arguments between us). But this does not put me off the legislation of divorce. Marriages are being broken more that they were back 30 years ago because this country was run by scruples governments who have increased the taxes sky high and littered Malta with heavy debt. When I got married we could afford for my wife to be free from work (employed) and earn a living on my own and then we used to appreciate our income which we as a family shared. Nowadays it is no longer possible and most families are broken because they do not see each other much and they spend more time with their work colleagues then with their partners! That is the problem with today’s marriage and nothing else. I sincerely hope that our Christian Church realises this and starts criticising who ever the Government is because the country belongs to us all and not just a few elite who thinks that now they own it!
avatar
For some comic relief log on: http://mazzun.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/isimghuni-cwiec-id-divorzju-ma-tehduhx/
avatar
While hoping that the divorce referendum gets an IVA vote, I would like to suggest that if there is a NO vote, the IVA movement should continue its hard work and push the government for a church - state separation. Hon Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando is in a very good position to push hard for this.