Comments: plan to cap cost of episcopal housing

This measure would seem to be long overdue in the Church of England. Palaces and Castles no longer seem relevant to the ethos and real needs of the church. A modest house - with separate offices for the Diocesan Staff - such as is the form for most of the other Provincial Bishops of the Communion, would send a powerful message to the poor and needy of the World, that the Church means to emulate the life-style and poverty of the first Apostles.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 2 July 2010 at 10:51pm BST

I would argue that perhaps excessive amounts of money are expended on the abodes of ordinary clergy, too: when I learned of the cost of the 'refurbishment' prior to our new incumbent's coming to office, I must admit I was shocked.

But it goes further than that even: just maintaining the fabric of 'historic' churches seems to cost an obscene amount of money; how does it compare with say other public or independent corporate bodies, such as universities or (goodness me) private schools as a proportion of income? Or with other parts of the Anglican Communion?

The CofE needs a bit of a boot up its backside, frankly.

Posted by Achilles at Saturday, 3 July 2010 at 10:28am BST

Most of the residences of the bishops are compeltely un-evangelical-- like so many aspects of the episcopate today.

A terrible witness, not a bit incarnational - heretical really !

I do wonder if bishops as we have em are the most appropriate, godly, and creative way for us today to excercise and experience episkope ?

Posted by Pantycelyn at Saturday, 3 July 2010 at 11:19am BST
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