RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelItem
Alt Ref NoRamsey 232, ff.84-186
TitleMarriage: general
Date1971-1972
DescriptionPapers relating to marriage, including: correspondence with Neville Sandelson, MP, Leslie Brown, Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Robert Mortimer, Bishop of Exeter about the Matrimonial Proceedings (Polygamous Marriages) Bill (ff.84-93); copy of the Law Commission Working Paper No. 35 'The Solemnisation of Marriage' (ff.94-102); correspondence with Sir Leslie Scarman of the Law Commission and Edwin Barker of the Board for Social Responsibility about the working paper (ff.104-107); letters from Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark, and Hugh Montefiore, Bishop of Kingston, about Professor Howard Root and the report of the Archbishops' Commission on Christian Doctrine, with Archbishop Ramsey's letters of thanks to the members of the commission (ff.108-111, 116-127); marriage of unbaptised parishioners in their parish church (ff.112-115); pastoral problems raised by Kern v Kern, with a letter from Lord Hailsham of St. Marylebone (ff.128-136); briefing for George Reindorp, Bishop of Guildford, on the Matrimonial Proceedings (Polygamous Marriages) Bill (ff.137-148); remarriage of divorcees in church (f.149); correspondence with the Free Church Federal Council, Sir George Baker, the Home Office and diocesan bishops about the availability of clergy 'qualified to help effect a reconciliation' for the purposes of Section 3 of the Divorce Reform Act, 1969 (ff.150-179); Archbishop Ramsey's deprecation of a form of service of Prayer and Dedication following a civil marriage in use in the diocese of Worcester (ff.180-183); letter from Gerald Ellison, Bishop of Chester, about a discussion led by Sir Leslie Scarman on whether ecclesiastical marriage should have any place in the civil law and a proposal for universal civil preliminaries to marriage (ff.184-186).

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