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30 Aug

What is perhaps not realized is that the Church’s historical opposition to divorce goes back to the remarkably hard line taken by Jesus himself.

Asked whether divorce was possible for any reason, he answered, “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9, NIV).

One moment there are rumours, the next there is a name on the Downing Street website and the Congé d’Elire on its way to the relevant Dean and Chapter telling them which way to vote.

But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. (1 Cor -11) And although there is some dispute about the precise circumstances in view, the early church was equally clear that “the overseer [ie bishop] must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2).Bloggers like myself are often criticized for operating a kind of ‘megaphone diplomacy’ — and without much diplomacy, at that.But the present appointment process hardly allows anything else.Despite the obvious difficulties this entailed, therefore, the Church of England sought until recently to adhere strictly to Jesus teaching, as regards both its members generally and its ministers in particular — a stance reflected precisely in the absence until now of specific guidance regarding the appointment of bishops.For some people, therefore, the proposed consecration of Nicholas Holtam is a serious challenge to Church order.