The Church of England in its present form no human power can save. Not said by AN Wilson in last week's Spectator, but by Dr Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby in the 1830's, so if you think we are in a mess today, just have a sense of history.
Mind you, Arnold had a point. A third of all incumbents in the 1830's had a second living. Only four out of ten parishes at that time had a resident incumbent. The Bishop of Durham earned today's equivalent of £750,000 a year, whereas a curate earned today's equivalent of £3,200.
Sermon by the Lay Canon James M Rosenthal at Durham Cathedral for the Affirming Catholicism Conference
O saving victim opening wide,
The gate of heaven to us below
Our foes press on from every side
Thine aid supply thy strength bestow
The theme of the Affirming Catholicism Conference, one of the celebration of God's creation, God's creativity in, with, through and for us, is just what we need, well isn't it? It could be the remedy of taking us out from the haunts of wretchedness and crime, (just read any newspaper or watch the news) to realms of bliss and rapture, a place, I might add, that I would not mind spending some quality time.