We should go back to using the word matrimony

Dear Editor, Part of our preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation included learning the names of the sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Blessed Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction (Sacrament of the Sick), Holy Orders and Matrimony (Mater/Matris/Mother).

Why not return to this beautiful title and thereby throw some light on the forthcoming debate on same-sex marriage?

Yours etc.,

Fr Patrick O’Donovan,

Glounthaune, Co. Cork.