Comments: latest Church of England statistics

The Church of England has spent the last five years or so defining itself negatively by whom it cannot welcome with open arms (see Peter Broadbent's statement vis-a-vis St Bartholomew the Great's appalling crime of welcoming and even blessing the marginalised): attendance at Sunday services fell from 660,000 to 622,000 in one year. How long before church leaders get the message? If we exude negativity towards our diverse society, we can't expect its members to queue up for our services, can we?

Posted by Fr Mark at Friday, 24 October 2008 at 2:57pm BST

David Keen speaks excellent sense. 'The C of E is not the only show in town.' Of course.

There are too many C of E bishops. Of course. (Applies equally to RC bishops.)

Yet another context where stress on ideological purity/theological 'correctness' seems not only stupid but completely impractical.

Posted by john at Friday, 24 October 2008 at 8:25pm BST
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