Letters from 2
to 8 April 2007
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You are authoritarian; I am benevolent
From this week's front
page: "That level of authoritarian control
over religious matters is hard to find these days in most of the provinces of the Anglican world. It certainly doesn't exist
in the United States..."
It was only a few months ago, I think, that I saw a report in the
Church Times about how rigorously the American church was attempting to root out all pockets of resistance to the ordination
of women to the priesthood. My comment at the time was, "The American church aren't prepared to take it but they're happy to
dish it out."
(By the way, I'm in favour of women priests.)
St Mary's (C of E), Bushbury
3 April 2007
Much better than being stressed about sexuality
Each year the BBC World News website shows pictures of Christians
celebrating first Palm Sunday, and then Easter. Last year the Anglican Church got one photograph out of about twenty four.
This year they got none. The Roman Catholic Church got by far the greatest number, although they do not represent the majority
of Christians. On Palm Sunday, seven out of eight photographs featured the RC Church. The eighth featured the Orthodox. Not
a single Protestant church celebration was shown.
Last year I complained to the BBC about this. I got no reply. This
year, about six weeks ago, I e-mailed them to ask if there could be a better Anglican representation in their forthcoming photographs.
I got no reply.
Equally worrying, I e-mailed the Press Officer of the Church of
England last year with my concerns. I was fobbed off with a comment along the lines of, "it's up to the BBC which pictures
they show". This year, after Palm Sunday, I e-mailed him again, asking whether the C of E sent any pictures to the BBC, or
were invited to do so. As yet I have received no reply.
This is worrying. The BBC is the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation.
There are two established churches in Britain. The Church of Scotland is completely ignored in these pictures, and the Church
of England almost completely. Now I suppose that the BBC could reply, if they replied at all, "we are not bound by the British
establishment" or somesuch. But to home in on the Roman Catholic Church to the extent they do, surely needs an explanation.
St Mary's, New Ross
New Ross, County Wexford, IRELAND
8 April 2007
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