As the faithful look forward to Easter and the
Archbishop of Canterbury prepares to officiate at the wedding of Prince
William and Kate Middleton, it may seem inappropriate to be discussing
the future of his Church. But this Easter week, I can't help feeling –
more than ever – that the Church of England will not survive my
children's lifetime and quite possibly not even my own.
It's not the archaism of state occasions that makes me doubt the relevance of
the CofE, nor the sight this Lent of a dozen or more clergy crossing the
floor to join the Roman Catholics that has made me despair of its future.
Nor is it the statistics showing an ever-diminishing number of English
attending their services, although these are bad enough. It's not even the
spectacle of the Church wrapping itself in knots around the issues of
ordaining women and gay bishops.
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