In this week’s budget speech in the British House of Commons, a cut in benefits for the disabled was announced. At the same time a grant of £20 million was given to help maintain Britain’s ancient cathedrals. The House of Lords, our upper house, has 26 Anglican bishops sitting it (plus seats reserved for former archbishops, chief rabbis etc.) How do you suppose the clerics voted: for the disabled or for the cathedrals?

Jonathan Bartley,of Ekklesia, on BBC 1, 20 March 2016.



  1. “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others. To make a start, it should give away all its property to those in need. The clergy must live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling. The Church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live in Christ, to exist for others ……. It must not underestimate the importance of human example (which has its origin in the humanity of Jesus and is so important in Paul’s teaching); It is not abstract argument, but example that gives its word emphasis and power.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison, Eng. trans., SCM Press, London, 1963.

    For the poor? Don’t make me laugh.

  2. Bonhoeffer said that? My respect for the man grows enormously!
    Peter Turner

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