Religion: Question for October

By the Episcopal Church's canon law the only divorced person who may have the church's blessing on a new marriage is the innocent party in a divorce for adultery. Last week the church's Joint Commission on Holy Matrimony began to sound out diocesan opinion on two proposed canons that would somewhat relax this rule. The findings will determine the Commission's final report to the General Convention in Cleveland next October.

Said one trial canon: "A marriage ceremony does not necessarily make a marriage. . . . Where there has been no marriage in the sacramental sense because of insurmountable defects of personality,...

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