Religion: A Historic Barrier Drops

The Church of England approves a new divorce policy if Prince Charles were marrying Lady Diana Spencer in another day, there would be protocol problems aplenty. As late as the 1920s, divorced persons were never received socially by Britain's royal family, and Lady Di's parents are divorced and remarried. The reason for that barrier in social protocol: the British monarch is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, which, like the Roman Catholic Church, refuses to recognize divorce or allow a second marriage while the original spouse is still living.

The strictness bemuses...