Religion: Is Adultery Forgivable?

Should one infidelity disrupt a marriage? No, says the Archbishop of Canterbury, and last week British newspapers were making shocker headlines out of it.

The papers first picked up the Archbishop's answer in an Anglican pamphlet called The Church and Marriage. "It is the law which has made a single act of adultery a ground for divorce, not the church," he said. "The church would wholly approve if the law was no longer content to accept a single act of adultery as a sufficient ground." Other British prelates have gone on record in the same vein lately. Unfaithfulness, said the Archbishop of...

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