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Bishop of Guildford speaks in the House of Lords

Date: 14 March 2013

The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, took part in a key debate on the Succession to the Crown Bill in the House of Lords on Wednesday 13 March.

The Bishop of Guildford outlined changes in Roman Catholic Canon law in the late 20th century which meant that a promise to bring up the children of a “mixed” marriage was no longer required as a condition of permission being granted by a bishop for the marriage to take place.

Permissions for marriages had been given even where it was foreseen that the promise could not be fulfilled in whole or in part. He recognised, however, that there was a need to avoid ambiguity for the future in the matter of the royal succession.

The Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, speaking for the Government, replied: "I particularly thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Guildford for giving us the benefit of his rich experience and giving us an understanding of how these matters are approached by the Roman Catholic Church. It has helped to inform our debate."

A full text of the debate, including the Bishop's speech, is available here >

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