'Promoting divorced bishops is as serious a matter as homosexual bishops because it is undermining one of the fundamental teachings of scripture.' The Rev Holtam will be ordained as a bishop in St Paul's Cathedral on July 22 and will take up his new post in Salisbury in September.He said: 'I am honoured and delighted to be asked to become Bishop of Salisbury. 'I am really looking forward to the new challenges of being a bishop, engaging in the church in a different kind of way.' The Church only softened its stance on remarriage in 2002, when the General Synod, the Church Parliament, voted to allow divorcees to wed again in church in exceptional circumstances.But, if it is known that God has appointed external, visible ceremonies as the means by which certain graces are to be conferred on men, then in order to obtain those graces it will be necessary for men to make use of those Divinely appointed means. 4) declared heretical those who assert that the sacraments of the New Law are superfluous and not necessary, although all are not necessary for each individual.This truth theologians express by saying that the sacraments are necessary, not absolutely but only hypothetically, i.e., in the supposition that if we wish to obtain a certain supernatural end we must use the supernatural means appointed for obtaining that end. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church and of Christians in general that, whilst God was nowise bound to make use of external ceremonies as symbols of things spiritual and sacred, it has pleased Him to do so, and this is the ordinary and most suitable manner of dealing with men.
The move also allows clergy who are married to divorcees with a partner still alive to be considered for promotion.A vicar has become the first Church of England clergyman married to a divorcee to be made a bishop amid strong opposition from traditionalists.The Rev Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London, has been approved by the Queen to take up the post of Bishop of Salisbury. This will always be possible, because God, grace, and the soul are spiritual beings. The subject may be treated under the following headings: Almighty God can and does give grace to men in answer to their internal aspirations and prayers without the use of any external sign or ceremony.The redemption of man was not accomplished in an invisible manner.