Arguments over Easter date could make rows over same-sex marriage look easy, warns Bishop of Salisbury
A prominent Church of England bishop has spoken out against plans by the world’s main Christian denominations to fix the date of Easter to the same Sunday every year.
Such a move would not only simplify economic planning but unite different traditions around the world and end almost 2,000 years of theological controversy.
However the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, warned that the move would detach Christianity from its Jewish roots by breaking the link between the timing of Easter and Passover.
According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified during the Passover festival and the Last Supper, commemorated in the Christian Communion service, is widely thought to have been a Passover meal.
At present, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox around March 21. This means it can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
The complicated system of calculation has led to repeated calls for it to be fixed.
In 1928 Parliament passed legislation to set the date in the UK but it was never implemented because of the disagreement between churches.
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