St. Thomas Aquinas, in the 13th century, forbade Catholics marrying their cousins. His reason was that this encouraged strong clans, which provided an alternative source of authority to the Church's. His brilliant insight saved Catholic Europe from the strong tribalism, although there were of course powerful families anyway. When Protestantism came along later, which didn't consider itself bound by Catholic rules, there was a strong society with strong institutions already in place, and cousin marriage felt taboo to Europeans. Seeing tribal parts of the world-most Arab countries, NW Pakistan, Afghanistan etc, which are ungovernable except by terror, we have much to thank St. Thomas for.
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