Saturday, 7 July 2007

Bishops 'misquoted' on floods

THERE was widespread indignation in some flooded areas after reported comments made by the Bishops of Carlisle and Liverpool in a phone interview with a journalist last weekend.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd Graham Dow, is quoted in The Sunday Telegraph as saying: “We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused.” It was his apparent linking of moral degradation with homosexuality that drew the most condemnation.

Bishop Dow’s spokesman, Canon Dr Richard Pratt, sought to clarify what the Bishop had said, in a statement issued on Sunday. “The Bishop of Carlisle did not say that God ‘sent’ the floods. He and the Bishop of Liverpool did point out what environmental campaigners have been saying for years: that the floods are a consequence of global warming, which is a lack of restraint and lack of care for our planet.” Read more

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