A correspondent (History Lesson, Journal Letters, May) said that King Henry VIII established the right to divorce in the Church of England. He received an annulment, not a divorce in the modern sense.
The English universities and courts agreed that the king hadn't been legally married in the first place, because marriage with a brother's wife was prohibited by Lev. 20:21. While it was true that the Pope had granted a dispensation to allow the marriage anyway, it was decided that the Pope couldn't abrogate the word of God. This decision to rank Scripture above papal authority reflected the teaching of the English Reformation.
Alan L. Hayes
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|Author:||Hayes, Alan L.|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2005|
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