Our expert says:
OK, yes, puzzling. Seems rather hands-of, at a distance for a relationship. Depending on what his church is, can't he at least explain why he thinks they would oppose him marrying you, let alone mounting "much opposition". Generally, it's none of a church's business who one of the parishioners chooses to marry - is this an unusually fussy and interfering church ? If so, there could be continuing problems within a relationship let alone a marriage, with someone who gives them that power over him.
Is he ashamed of you - or is he ashamed of them, church and family ? Is he perhaps worried about what you might think of them ?
Either way, he owes you an explanation and a serious discussion.
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