Religion: Whose Authority?

Britain's Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, quixotic wit and author, does not believe that all marriages are made in heaven. In his novel Holy Deadlock, he charged full tilt into Britain's archaic divorce laws; after he got into Parliament, he pushed through the Matrimonial Causes Act in 1937, the first piece of divorce-reform legislation in 81 years. In the fight over that bill, some of Herbert's most strenuous opposition came from a conservative faction in the Church of England. Last week they were at it again, this time on the issue of Anthony Eden's remarriage.

The High Anglican Church Times had criticized "the...

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