Comments: Hereford ends fight against pay-out

At last, a bit of common sense in this ridiculous saga...

Posted by kieran crichton at Friday, 3 October 2008 at 8:49am BST

We've had both Archbishops laying into the capitalist system recently, and decrying profligacy and inequality when practised by bankers.

Here is a bishop who has shockingly wasted in excess of £47,000 on trying, and failing, to maintain injustice and inequality. Are church fundraisers happy that their hard work goes towards paying a legal settlement incurred by Anthony Priddis, which would have been avoided if the bishop had simply been committed to non-discrimination in the workplace?

Shouldn't the Bishop of Hereford pay the settlement out of his own stipend? Or should he just resign? He is clearly as much of an embarrassment to the Church's mission as "gays cause floods" Graham Carlisle.

Isn't it time the C of E just declared itself to be an "equal opportunties employer", and halted its unethical policy of attempting to avoid human rights legislation?

Shouldn't it be a basic condition of someone becoming a bishop in England today that he/she can show they have an appropriate understanding of equality issues in the modern workplace?

Posted by Fr Mark at Friday, 3 October 2008 at 9:17am BST

Fr. Mark,

I heartily endorse your view of the saga that has been the direct result of an infringement of the charity and justice required of a Bishop in the Church. Let's hope no further such barriers are raised against the employment of any person who has been called by God to serve the Church.

It must be said that this misuse of money given to the Church for the pursuit of the Gospel, is similar to that now being experienced in the contest for lawful ownership of Church property in Canada and the USA. Hubris on the part of those who would advocate the pharisaical moves of an exclusivist and puritanical super-Church is already causing much pain to others in our Anglican Communion.

Blessed Francis of Assisi (Feastday, October 4th) had a special four-letter word for money. The product can either be used for beneficial growth (in the Gospel), or it just raises a stink and smells to high heaven

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 3 October 2008 at 11:29pm BST
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