Comments: Opinion - 7 June 2017

Colin Coward prefers 'to be anonymous when visiting places of worship and squirm when engaged by a steward with a penchant for warmly greeting every person who walks through the door'.

So do I; but what his article doesn't refer to is the other barrier - admission charges. I think all the other public spaces he refers to are free of charge.

I heard one cathedral canon (where admission charges are not levied) say 'When churches charge for admission they give up the right to offer sanctuary.' I think that is profoundly true and deeply sad.

Posted by peter kettle at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 8:46am BST

No one will have access to the Episcopal Cafe article, that website is down for the whole week until Monday 12 JUN when it will be reborn with a new design.

Posted by David Allen at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 8:48am BST

Peter, the Episcopal Cafe website says that a new site will be up and running on 12th June, but meanwhile there doesn't seem any way to find the article you have flagged up.

Posted by Anne Lee at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 11:05am BST

Sorry about The Episcopal Café article; it was available at the weekend when I started to prepare my article. The whole site is down this week so it is not currently available. I'll check on 12 June and link to it again in a later article.

I hope the counter on The Episcopal Café site is wrong; it currently says 440 days to go!

Posted by Peter Owen at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 2:20pm BST

I located a cached copy of the Clifford article at

if you can't wait!

Posted by RevJamesP at Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 8:23pm BST
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