One insider said it would be an "abomination" in a multicultural society for the Church of England to retain exclusivity over the ceremony.The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Rev Richard Harries, said that other religious leaders "need to be much more than guests, they need to be clearly at the centre of things".The Prince of Wales has made clear that he wants to be the "defender of faith" rather than "defender of the faith" when he succeeds to the throne. The Sheffield committee, which has already had three meetings about the changing nature of the religious establishment, will discuss the issue in the coming weeks.There is now widespread support in the Church of England for reform of the coronation ceremony. In an essay, in the Independent on Sunday today, he argues that the next reign should be instituted "not by a coronation but by an inauguration or installation".It should be "a secular ceremony to which contributions were made from traditions of all faiths", he said. Dr David Jenkins, the former Bishop of Durham, has been commissioned by the Sheffield group to write a paper on the future of the ceremony. The Government will this week announce that the future role of the bishops in Parliament will be part of the remit of the royal commission examining reform of the Lords.However, senior clergymen are focusing their attention on the coronation service, which dates back to 973. Dr George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is also understood to agree that the crowning of the next monarch cannot take the same form as the last coronation in 1953, when Queen Elizabeth pledged to "preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England".The debate is part of a wide-ranging discussion of "establishment" which is likely to lead to a significant loosening of the link between church and state over the next few years. Anglican bishops are privately considering changes to the ritual, including involving other religious leaders, the rewriting of the oath, and the abandonment of the eucharist when the next monarch succeeds to the throne. The plan - which will call into question the role of the monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England - is on the agenda of a consultation group on church-state relations, involving Dr David Hope, the Archbishop of York, which has been meeting in Sheffield for almost a year.Advisers to the Queen and the Prince of Wales have been informally consulted and believe that reform of the coronation ceremony is inevitable.
THE PRINCE OF WALES will be crowned King in a multi-faith inauguration ceremony rather than the 1,000-year-old Christian coronation service, under plans being discussed by the Church of England. He said he had advised that the Bramleys should give themselves up.Reports, page 3Focus, page 20. But I had to consider that if we could not achieve the safe return of Jade and Hannah we certainly could not resolve their futures.Earlier yesterday it was revealed that Max Clifford, the press publicist, had been advising the couple through an intermediary. I cannot condone a situation where people who don't like what we've done run away with children. My hope in writing that letter was to achieve the safe return of Jade and Hannah, which we now have."In writing that letter I had to take account of the continuing need for Cambridgeshire county council to maintain its view on what is best for these children.
All the signs are that the little girls are fine, but we must make sure."She continued: "I have fulfilled the terms of the open letter I wrote to Mr and Mrs Bramley last Thursday evening. and a doctor will see Jade and Hannah to check that they are fit and well. There are now no barriers to prevent them from doing this.""The police will interview Mr and Mrs Bramley ... This means every time any decision is made their views must be considered. I hope that Mr and Mrs Bramley will now lodge their adoption application. Jade and Hannah's interests in any proceedings will be represented by the Official Solicitor, whose sole responsibility is to protect their interests."Ms Railton said she had spoken to Mr Bramley, and that he appeared "calm and satisfied" with the arrangements that had been made."Mr and Mrs Bramley have been made parties to these proceedings. In other words, decisions about Jade and Hannah's future, both in the next few days and in the longer term can only be made with the agreement of the judge.