Kate Middleton Vows
April 23, 2011 by staff
Diana, Princess of Wales, set a precedent in 1981 when he promised only “love, comfort, honor and keep” the Prince of Wales.
The Archbishop of Canterbury commented earlier this week that Prince William and Miss Middleton had “thought about what they want for themselves, but also what they mean” has been interpreted as an indication that they want to take their vows in the same equals.
Dr Rowan Williams might have even encouraged Miss Middleton aside the vow of obedience, as he said in the past that for a bride to the promise of obedience without her husband doing the same thing is an outdated idea that it could be used to justify domestic violence.
The Reverend Rod Thomas, a member of General Synod and president of the evangelical group Reform, said: “It’s relatively rare for people to make a vow of obedience in those days.
“Those who tend to be people who understand that marriage is a visual aid of obedience we owe to all the disciples of Christ, so that dissenting opinion, tends to be carried out by people who are perhaps more deeply religious than the standard.
“The good thing is that William and Kate are getting married. Their marriage is as valid as any person who has a vow of obedience.”
In 2006, the Archbishops’ Council, of which Dr. Williams is president, prepared a report entitled Responding to Domestic Violence, which read: “A promise to obey was in the front of the standards and expectations women and men in marriage, for example the fact that women had no standing in law until 1926. ”
Dr Williams said he agreed that the report was produced that the vow of obedience had become “obsolete.”
A spokesman for St James’s Palace said: “We will not comment on speculation about the form of words to be used. We will announce the order of service shortly before the wedding.”
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