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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1912, Image 9

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Moral Qualifications.
(Editor's Note The Easter
edict of Dean Walter Sumner of
the Episcopal cathedral of SS.
Cupid Examines His Heart.
Peter and Paul, Chicago, that no
persons will be married hereaf
ter in the cathedral unless they
present certificates of health from
reputable physicians, has attract
ed country-wide attention. The
health certificates must show
that would-be-weds are normal,
physically and mentally, and have
neither an incurable nor a com
municable disease. In the follow
ing statement Dean Sumner ex
plains 'why he made this rule.)
By Dean Walter Sumner, of the
Cathedral of SS. Peter and
Paul, Chicago.!
The awful wreckage5 of life
which is resulting from indiscrim
inate marriage, the startling fact
that in this country there are no
less than three million abnormal
people for whose care the state
must expend $200,000,000 v per
year; the marital unhagpiness in
numberless homes of even intelli
gent and well-to-do circles of life
all combine to emphasize, the
need ot some sateguard against
the extension of the marriage
The step taken at the Cathe
dral of SS. Peter and Paul is
taken after months of study of
the situation and deliberation as
tq its advisability. It is believed
that this stand will meet with the
immediate sympathy of the cler
gy in the church at large, all of
whom have long felt the unde
sirability of being a party to the
marriage of persons who, because
of their physical condition,
should never be allowed to enter
the marriage state.
The state has done little to
safeguard the irtnnocent If a
The Doctpegests His Body,
man desires fproDt&uj a license in
Chicago ta 5aT5pn"a. street ven
der's trade,' pusfv cart or sell
shoe strings and buttons, he must
be accompanied by a respectable
citizen to vouch for his responsibility.

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