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Friday, March 30, 2012

At Bishop Alan's Blog ...

There's a post at the blog of Anglican Bishop Alan Wilson (who knows, maybe the next archbishop of Canterbury?) about the C of E which could apply to the Catholic church as well. Here's a bit of it ....

Time for a reboot not a bailout

Yesterday, for the third time this year, someone expressed to me genuine concern about involving the Church in a project because they feared that dealing with a discriminatory organisation would compromise their moral integrity. The C of E used to be the guardian of the nation’s morals, but is increasingly perceived as irrelevant, or even a threat to them. At first sight this is amazing, because the people I meet in Church are usually kind, upright and morally aware. The nation’s moral instinct has changed, however. The Church in its own bubble has become, at best the guardian of the value system of the nation’s grandparents, and at worst a den of religious anoraks defined by defensiveness, esoteric logic and discrimination .......

Locally, the C of E is often good news. Individual clergy and Christians are often liked and respected on the streets. The figure of Jesus remains broadly attractive, even intriguing and sometimes compelling. The national institution, however, appears disconnected from all this, remote, hierarchical, fixated on its own stuff.

This moral shift makes the conventional language of high, low and broad, conservatives and liberals, traditionalists and revisionists, mods and rockers, irrelevant. The real fault line now in the Church is between those of all stripes who are at home with social change, and whose Jesus inspires them to find ways of living authentic lives in this culture, and those who fear it, and whose religion is a way to prevent it, or even reverse it .......


Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Nice C of E post there, with the connection to RCs too.

"Anorak" -- I had never seen that word before, but the Wikipedia folks helped out there, besides also providing an explanation of why I had never heard of it. It's a very pointed word to use about the hierarchy, eh?

2:22 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I had to look it up too - I thought it was a kind of jacket ... British slang :)

4:50 PM  

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