Letter: Royal divorce dilemma

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Royal divorce dilemma

Sir: Elaine Storkey ("Synod breaks church silence on royal divorce", 15 July) will find that she has a good deal of support within the Church of England.

It is all very well for constitutional experts to say that Prince Charles's divorce and possible remarriage will not prevent his being Head of the Church. However, each time Anglican clergy take up a new post they must swear to "be faithful and bear true allegiance" to the Queen and her successors. If significant numbers of clergy find themselves unable to swear allegiance to a divorced (and possibly remarried) adulterer who is unhappy about being Defender of the Faith, the Church will be in difficulties.


Prestwich, Greater Manchester