PCN Chair laments Bishops’statement on Brexit

PCN Chair laments Bishops’statement on Brexit

Church Times leader comment should, alongside the Bishops’ statement, be sent to all parishes.

Revd Adrian Alker writing to The Church Times:

Sir, — If there had been a referendum on reintroducing capital punishment, would the Bishops have endorsed that? That the College of Bishops sees fit to endorse a referendum result that has so divided the country, where political parties disagree profoundly about the possible result of a no-deal exit from the EU, and where many parish churches serve communities that will, according to most economic forecasts, suffer economic and social hardships by leaving the EU, have the Bishops taken leave of their senses? Will the Scottish Episcopal Church, in a nation where the majority of people voted Remain, issue a contradicting statement?

Surely, a wiser course for a national Church would have been a pastoral call to the people of these islands to take heed of Paul’s advice to the Colossians for us all to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. A wiser course, as seen in the statements of the Bishop of Leeds, would have been clear on what to call out: namely, belligerent language and a crude and dangerous attempt to polarise the debate as between “the people” and Parliament.
Church Times leader comment should, alongside the Bishops’ statement, be sent to all parishes.

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1 On 15/10/2019 Nigel Jones wrote:

Sorry to come to this rather late, but I would add to our chair’s comment that the Bishop’s statement should have condemned the outright lies that were circulated during the referendum and that they have been circulated again since last December.  These are not exaggerations or spin, but statements being put out as fact that are not true.

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