Marriage, Divorce, Confession and Funerals

Norman Doe

in Canon Law in the Anglican Communion

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198267829
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683381 | DOI:
Marriage, Divorce, Confession and Funerals

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This chapter examines the canon law of Anglican Communion churches on marriage, divorce, confession, and funerals. There is extensive agreement within the canonical systems about the nature and purposes of marriage. However, formal laws are beginning to reflect a change from the proposition about the permanence of marriage as a fact, to permanence as an ideal. Most churches have not implemented the Lambeth Conference recommendation about the exclusion of divorced and remarried people from Holy Communion. Anglican canon laws are generally silent on the issue of confession and there are no formal rules in denying funeral rites to the unbaptized, to suicides, and to excommunicates.

Keywords: Anglican Communion; canon law; marriage; divorce; confession; funerals; Lambeth Conference

Chapter.  15976 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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