Religion: Divorce & the Church

British law recognizes divorce; priests of England's state church are thus legally entitled—like other ministers—to remarry divorced people. But if they do, they face a growing current of conservatism within the Church of England. The draft of a canon flatly prohibiting remarriage of the divorced has long been creeping through official Anglican channels on its way to becoming church law, and last month it reached the Convocation of Canterbury. With Parliament the ultimate stop, the Archbishop of Canterbury felt it prudent to raise a warning hand.

"If we take this clause to Parliament . . ." he said, "the chances of its...

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