The Church Times - it's just not green
If the planet is so near its end that bishops are persuaded to forsake their chauffeur-driven cars and their frequent flights to foreign lands for theological enlightenment and spiritual edification, then all the more ought The Church Times do its bit to steward the Earth a little more responsibly.
But Cranmer has received a missive from one of its subscribers who is most frustrated with an apparently trivial issue, which is not at all so.
She would like to subscribe to The Church Times online edition only, which she deems (rightly and obviously) to be an ‘ecologically friendly’ choice. Since even the heathen capitalists who run Britain’s utilities offer discounts for paperless billing, one might have thought that The Church Times - being concerned with its obligations bequeathed in Genesis to steward responsibly - would have offered this at a lower subscription rate than the print version. It is, after all, saving on printing and postage costs, not to mention diminishing the use of energy and the exploitation of Earth’s natural and finite resources.
But, alas, it is not so. Both subscriptions cost £65 per annum.
Could The Church Times please pay Cranmer a visit and explain why it is offering no incentive at all for its subscribers to ‘go green’? Are any of its journalists familiar with the Assisi Declaration?