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Jesus is “weeping on the streets”


cleric2.jpgThe Archbishop of York’s graphic quote refers to the problems of knife crime and other pastoral priorities that he and many others believe are being sidelined as the Church of England squabbles over internal politics.

After much soul-searching in York, the General Synod has voted to allow women bishops, 16 years after it approved women priests.

But now the 10-yearly Lambeth Conference looms and, with it, the prospect of another damaging row, this time over gay clergy. Several senior clergy have already said they will boycott the meeting later this month because they believe it has been compromised by the inclusion of American leaders who consecrated the Anglican communion’s first gay bishop.

Do you believe the Church’s internal divisions are causing it lasting damage in the wider world or are these vitally important issues that need dealing with once and for all?