Thursday, June 17, 2004

Redundancy for CoE Bishops?

This Daily Telegraph Article discusses the possibility of the Church of England trimming its hierarchy. I have to say that it really annoys me when I hear terms such as 'top jobs' with reference to Bishops. Can we not even seek to maintain the illusion that it might be about ministry and that a bishop's role is more than just a Senior Executive?
Also, note the following:
The meeting was chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is anxious to divert hard-pressed resources into boosting churchgoing.
He is keen to promote schemes to attract new worshippers, from cafe churches where services include coffee and croissants to "raves in the nave".
Poor Venerable Newman must be spinning in his grave at the likes of that. Even though he had no illusions about the status of the (Roman) Catholic Church as the One True Church, he did hold that there was much good within the CoE and that it served to preserve Christianity in England until such time as the Catholic Church could assume the CoE's mantle. (Out of justice's sake, I'd better mention that he's probably not too chuffed at lots of stuff going on in the Catholic Church these days too...)

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