Divorce not a barrier for 70 Church of England ordinands

Feb 20, 2019 by

by Alex Williams, Premier:

Dozens of people who have married again following a divorce were given a green light by the Church of England to pursue ordination last year, new figures suggest.

Statistics obtained by The Times show 70 of the 569 ordinands approved in 2018 had either married while their former spouse was still alive – or they had tied the knot with a divorcee whose partner was still living.

Church rules hold that such cases must be decided on an individual basis by either the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Archbishop of York.

The procedure does not apply to anyone who has chosen to stay single following a divorce or whose former spouse has passed away.

Vows of marriage by couples exchanged during Church of England weddings hold that their commitment is a life-long one.

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