Though of course, these two married for love alone
Photo © 2011 AFP/Miguel Medina
The Catholic Church has told women not to be too picky about their future husbands and marry early because there is a drought of eligible men.
A church official told the Herald Sun newspaper there has been a massive decline in the number of available men, with statistics claiming there are just 86,000 Mr Rights for 1.3 million women aged between 25 and 34.
Which of course begs the question, how did they calculate this ‘Mr Right’ figure?
Demographer Bernard Salt has determined that of the 1.343 million men in the same age bracket, only 86,000 single, heterosexual, well-off, young men were available after excluding those who were already married (485,000), in a de facto relationship (185,000), gay (7000), a single parent (12,000) or earning less than $60,000 a year.
Ok, putting aside this seemingly low estimate of the number of gay men out there (7,000 out of 1.3 million?! Oh please!) I’m not sure they’ve fully accounted for the number of women who might also be married, de facto or gay. And what’s wrong with single dads anyways...and guys earning $59,000 a year?!
Shut my face?!
Reverend Father Tony Kerin, episcopal vicar for justice and social service in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, told the paper that women wanted the best of both worlds.
"I think many are setting aside their aspirations for later, but by the time they get around to it, they've missed their chance," Fr Kerin said.
"In trying to have it all, they end up missing out."
Yeah, and then they’ll have to settle for some loser who’s only earning the national average wage.
Thanks for the tip, unmarried, poverty vow-taking celibate guys!