Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Divorced Clergy to Be Allowed to Become Bishops in the Church of England for First Time

The Telegraph (British) website reports today (June 9, 2010) that divorced clergy will be allowed to become Church of England bishops for the first time in a move that has been condemned by traditionalists.

Critics described the change in Church rules as "utterly unacceptable" and warned it would undermine the biblical teaching that marriage is for life.

While Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, supported relaxing the rules, John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is against the change.

The Church is expected to issue a statement announcing the new policy next month (July 2010), after legal advice made clear that there is no obstacle to a divorcee -- or a priest married to a divorcee -- being consecrated.

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