Ave Maria! In a country that has an astronomically high divorce rate of 86% the Catholic couples have only a 16% rate!! This Bishop explains how it was achieved.
Archbishop Stankevis explained that such a low number of divorces inside the Church is due in part to a ‘serious preparation for marriage, because we have an obligatory course for persons who want to get married in the Church’
BY ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS 10/17/2014 Comment
Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis of Riga, Latvia
– Latvian Bishops’ Conference
VATICAN CITY — In synod discussions last week, the Baltic Sea nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low.
“In Latvia, it is a pity, but we have the highest number of divorces: 86% of marriages are divorced civil marriages. But when our civil mass media started to check how it is in the Church, they discovered that we just have 16%, and they asked why,” Archbishop Zbig?evs Stankevi?s of Riga told CNA Oct. 9.