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Page 3, 20th February 1981 — Divorce plan 'humbug

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Divorce plan 'humbug

A STRONG attack on the Church of England's position regarding the remarriage of divorced people in church was made last week by a retired Anglican bishop.

Dr Mervyn Stockwood, who retired last year as bishop of Southwark, said in a letter to The Times on Friday that he regretted that the Church had discouraged priests from availing themselves of their legal right to remarry divorced people in church.

He described a suggestion that the General Synod might now seek a "compromise" by issuing a public serviceof blessing to be held after the remarriage in a register office as "pharisaical humbug."

"If the remarriage of a divorced person is sinful and wrong, how can God be expected to bless the union? If it is not, then why should the Church frown on a marriage service in a church?" he asked.

The issue is due to be discussed again at the synod next week.

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