Woolly wonders

Woolly wonders

Woolly wonders

First published in Letters by

THANK heaven for the Church of England. I’ve often thought it was a little bit woolly and ponderous, but now I am admiring these qualities as endearing and precious in a world of religious hatred.

Rather this, than the IS barbaric murderers in Iraq who have killed the Yazidis and Christians by beheading, crucifying and now we hear, burying alive children, women and men. A mob of power-crazed murderers is exactly that.

I think King Henry VIII did us a big favour in creating the Church of England as, over the centuries, it has evolved and modified the power of the church with checks and balances.

The good old C of E is there if you need it; but it doesn’t impose or indoctrinate its views on anyone.

Those serving lead real lives, with all its problems, just like the rest of us; married or partners with children or gay.

I remember the York Hospital chaplain, the Rev Canon (now Bishop) Glyn Webster’s sensitivity to our family as my mother-in-law passed away. Anyone who has met the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, knows he is approachable, down to earth and has a good sense of humour.

Thank the star for a religion that offers, kindness, tolerance, equality and love.

Keith Massey, Acaster Malbis, York.

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2:02pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SpinningJenny says...

I can't really disagree with this letter as a whole, but I do have an issue with your statement that the Church of England 'doesn’t impose or indoctrinate its views on anyone.'

I think plenty of people would agree that they have personal experience to counter that point.
I can't really disagree with this letter as a whole, but I do have an issue with your statement that the Church of England 'doesn’t impose or indoctrinate its views on anyone.' I think plenty of people would agree that they have personal experience to counter that point. SpinningJenny
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6:51pm Thu 21 Aug 14

BAJNY says...

Is that the same Henry VIII who beheaded Thomas Moore and stuck his head on Traitors' Gate?
Is that the same Henry VIII who beheaded Thomas Moore and stuck his head on Traitors' Gate? BAJNY
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7:39am Fri 22 Aug 14

last of the mandms says...

Pedantic I know but Chritianity is the religion not The Church of England.
Pedantic I know but Chritianity is the religion not The Church of England. last of the mandms
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2:50pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Seadog says...

Not pedantic: just correct! A nice, positive letter nonetheless!
Not pedantic: just correct! A nice, positive letter nonetheless! Seadog
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