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.