Sunday, January 21, 2007

[10.20 GMT] New Irish Anglican primate favours C of E disestablishment and an end to anti-Catholic ban (full story)
Simon Barrow, co-director of the UK religious think tank Ekklesia, which has in the past said that disestablishment is desirable for the health of both the church and a plural society, welcomed Bishop Alan Harper's remarks."It would be good if the thoughtful, forward-looking position of the new Irish Primate could re-open a proper debate among the churches in England, not just the Church of England itself," said Barrow. He continued: "Binding the church to the state through the crown restricts the freedom of both, and mortgages the Christian message to a reliance on governing authority rather than Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who was actually put to death by a religion-state alliance."

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