Thursday, February 08, 2007

the bishop of rochester

The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali was speaking this afternoon on BBC Radio 5 Live.

I sent in this question, which was put to him:

Given that the most likely scenario following dismissal of either the North American or African provinces within the Anglican Communion is complete fragmentation into multiple 'daughter' denominations, what hope is there for any kind of future within struggling Anglican diocese such as the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa? Within England, where the fractures are likely to be most obvious on the ground, will Canterbury retain anything worth having - and which segment does the Bishop see himself as being within?
The Bishop replied that he did not accept that he was within any segment of the church, that there was not going to be fragmentation and that he had visited the Diocese of Egypt and it was not struggling.

Clearly the Bishop lives on some other planet to me. The finances of Egypt seem particularly fragile. Whilst it is true that there are many people, mostly these are penniless refugees who cannot hope to prop up the mostly egyptian and expat-free diocese.

This is from the person that also believes there is mileage in proclaiming that the UK is a 'christian' country.


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