I would call this utterly predictable.
Confidential guidelines have been issued by bishops to warn clergy of the scam, which has exploded since a Government crackdown on sham marriages was introduced in 2004.
Official figures show that the number of bogus weddings performed by Anglican priests has risen by as much as 400 per cent in some dioceses over the last four years.
Foreign nationals have turned to the Church because it is exempt from rules that require all foreign nationals from outside the European Union to obtain a Home Office certificate of approval to marry in a register office.
The prize of legal residence is so great that close off one route of getting it and people will find, pretty quickly, any other means of getting it.
One wonders what the bureaucrats behind the original decision thought. That immigrants only knew about register offices or something?
This is also depressingly predictable:
These regulations, which require people not legally settled in the UK to seek special permission to marry, were ruled as unlawful by the Law Lords ruled last month, but a Home Office spokesman said that they would continue to operate the current scheme to investigate individual applications.
We don\’t care what the law is, we\’re going to do what we want anyway. Typical of the Home Office.