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The C of E: Time for a Divorce

Jack, Andy, I think it’s important to note that the fellow coming out with all that (silly) “demonic” stuff was an American. The current drama within the Church of England is, in my view, a storm in a C of E cup. Who, in England, actually cares about this business? Very few people, I suspect. The principal point of the Church of England is its status as a national institution (however flawed), rather than anything more, you know, religious. These theological controversies may excite a handful of pulpit folk and a minority of that tiny minority of the C of E who actually show up in the pews for any event other than a christening, funeral, wedding or Christmas carol or two, but that’s about it. The institution itself will, hopefully, endure, largely ignored by the English, a majority of whom remain nevertheless glad that, for its faults, it’s still there. I do think, however, that a fairly rapid divorce is needed between the Church of England and all these wild-eyed ’Anglicans’  overseas who are now so busy proving that have no clue whatsoever what the C of E is for. Let the Church of England be the Church of England – and of nowhere else. It’s time, I reckon, for another Tudor moment…

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