Out of Touch Clergy Need a Little Faith; C of E Liberals Are Alienating Middle England, Says Graham Findlay

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Out of Touch Clergy Need a Little Faith; C of E Liberals Are Alienating Middle England, Says Graham Findlay


Findlay, Graham, The Birmingham Post (England)


The Anglican church is now one of the smallest major religious movements in the world and its influence is dwindling.

This is hardly surprising when the foundations of the Church are so shaky that it is left to the Bishops from Africa and Asia to remind their leaders about the importance of their beliefs.

The overwhelming vote against a liberal attitude towards homosexuality at the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in Canterbury represents a backlash against the growing confusion at the heart of the movement. The meeting of bishops only takes place o nce every ten years. Thus its decisions, while not apparently binding on the Church, are nevertheless highly symbolic.

On Wednesday they voted by 526 to 70 in favour of a resolution which reaffirmed the most traditionalist interpretation of the faith. It said the Church could not "advise the legitimising or blessing of same-sex unions, or the ordaining of those involved in same-gender unions." It called for "faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union" and for chastity for those "not called to marriage".

This is the sort of teaching the Church of England abandoned years ago. With, of course, some exceptions, the Church in this country has gradually taken an "inclusive" attitude towards sex and relationships. It has studiously avoided trying to "stigmatis e" people whose lifestyles were different from the norm.

Yet in other parts of the world where the Anglican faith still has an influence, bishops and other clergymen remain devotedly attached to a more "fundamentalist" approach to these issues.

The clash between these two approaches came to a head at the Lambeth Conference in the vote, and the debate, on homosexuality. It left the liberal Church of England, which supposedly gives the rest of the Anglican communion a lead, looking distinctly out of touch with the people it is supposed to serve.

No doubt some people will argue that African or Asian bishops come from more backward countries where a reliance on the Bible as the word of God is somewhat exaggerated. Such people, it may be argued, need to believe implicitly in the scriptures in a way which our more sophisticated, western world is no longer able to do. …

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