Anglican Church Offers Two-in-One Wedding-Baptism

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 5:56 AM CDT
A new liturgy in the Church of England will combine a wedding and a baptism for the couple's children.   (©manuel | MC)
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(Newser) – With more than two in five British children born out of wedlock, the Anglican Church is introducing a new liturgical twofer—a combination wedding and baptism. The so-called "hatch and match" service is designed to encourage marriage, and senior bishops insist that the Church is not changing its teachings. But as the Times of London reports, many clergy members are shocked by the new approach.

One angry bishop said, "It is a shame that what should be a bride’s day now stands to be hijacked by screaming kids," while another joked: "It's a pity they haven't put in a funeral for grandma as well."