Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Cristina Odone: How can CofE pay reparations?

I am second to none in my admiration for Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. But how can he suggest that the Church of England pay reparation for its historic role in the slave trade?

The Church's coffers are near-empty, its vicars so badly paid that many claim income support and a third are in crippling debt. So how does the Primate plan to raise funds for this reparation - flog a cathedral or two?

The one in Wells would make a perfect central site for a new Tesco: frozen foods near the original nave, clothing under the famed inverted arch, and the meat counter by the transept. York Minster would be fabulous as an indoor leisure centre - with an ice-skating rink in the Lady chapel and wall-climbing ropes dangling from the Gothic roofs.

But hang on: if we are talking about historic reparation, surely the Established Church should hand back all the churches it stole from us Catholics? (In context)

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