Posted by: becketfund | April 11, 2008

Norway: Relaxes Ties Between Church and State

NORWAY – Norway reached an “historical” agreement between church and state last week, when all seven of the country’s political parties agreed that Evangelical Lutheranism would no longer be the official state religion, Reuters reported on April 11. Under the new agreement, the Lutheran church will be allowed to appoint its own bishops, and Norway’s 4.7 million Lutherans will no longer be required to raise their children in the faith. Though state financial support for the church will continue, other faith communities, as well as agnostic and atheist groups, will now receive funding as well. The change in status will require a revision of Norway’s constitution, which the Norway Post says is expected to occur in 2012.

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