Religion: Divorce & Segregation

Delegates of the 850,000 Southern Presbyterians who call themselves the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. wrangled over two controversial issues at their 98th General Assembly last week in Charlotte, N.C. They took a new position on divorce, clung stubbornly to their stand against segregation.

By an overwhelming voice vote they approved a proposal to liberalize the denomination's rule on remarriage of the divorced. The present rule permits remarriage only of the innocent party to a divorce granted for desertion or adultery. The new recommendation sanctions divorce when "a marriage dies at the heart...

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