London, March 9 : The days when the vicar’s role in a marriage ended at the church gate are passé, for the contemporary clergy believe in offering marriage advice on everything from financial planning to even sex.
Concerned by the high numbers of divorces, the Church of England has come out with its guide to the perfect marriage, entitled Growing Together, to help couples get ready for the rigors of modern marriage.
The 120-page guide counsels couples to priorities their goals in life, including sex, children and sport, even suggesting that they consider who does the cooking and who cleans the lavatory.
The guide advises prospective husbands to learn to improve their capacity to listen.
For wives, the guide says that they need to be truthful about how they plan to spend their money.