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English Church Head Sees Case for Breaking State Link

LONDON (AP) - The head of the Church of England says he can see
a case for breaking the church's ties to the state, but he would
oppose it now.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams told BBC radio he believes "the church exists because of God, not because of the
state."

The monarch is the supreme governor of the Church of England, the government appoints its bishops, and Parliament has the last
word on important decisions such as the ordination of women.

Williams said eliminating the Church of England's established position would give it more autonomy, but he doesn't want to encourage efforts "to push religion into the private sphere."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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