Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Divorce and the church
Perhaps I'm a little slow, but the irony of this has only just occured to me. Read about the split in the Episcopal church and inevitably you'll see the word "divorce" used to describe the contention. Churches leaving the Episcopal denomination are aligning themselves with the Anglicans, whose origin is the Church of England. If you remember your history, you'll recall that the Church of England began because of...ironic drumroll, please...a divorce. Henry VIII, determined to have a son, wanted to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn. The Catholic church would not grant him the favor, so Henry decided to break with the church and declare himself head of his own denomination. Not an auspicious beginning. But I have to believe this is one of the times when what men intended for evil, God intended for good.