A church which was founded by the frequently married Henry VIII, which accepted the accession of the divorced George I, and which turned a blind eye to the many infidelities of the Hanoverians, is in no position to adopt an ultra-pure attitude. A substantial number of clergy are today themselves divorced and remarried.
There might be difficulties over who might conduct the marriage service. But the Princess Royal has set a Scottish precedent which could no doubt be followed.
Disestablishment should be decided on its merits. As a major constitutional change - at least for England - any proposal should be the subject of a referendum.
STEPHEN G LINSTEAD
Solihull, West MidlandsReuse content