Church abolishes “living in sin”

Strangely enough it’s the Guardian that stresses the predictable “scorn,” while Cranmer is still holding fire. The Times explains that the idea was inspired by the refusal of a fictional vicar to bury Tess of the d’Urberville’s dead baby in holy ground, not that Thomas Hardy was much of a Christian. So two cheers for the Church of England for burying the last remnants of bastardy and living in sin with their new combined service of marriage and baptism. Irish churches to follow?