Church of England unites to damn 'morally corrupt' Labour
The Bishop of Manchester has accused Labour of lacking integrity, of being ‘beguiled by money’ and being ‘morally corrupt’. He said: “The Government has acted scandalously.” They believe that ‘money can answer all of the problems and has encouraged greed and a love of money that the Bible says is the root of all evil. It is morally corrupt because it encourages people to get into a lifestyle of believing they can always get what they want’.
The Bishop of Hulme is persuaded that Labour are ‘morally suspect and morally feeble’. He said: “It is unfair and irresponsible of the Government to put pressure on the public to spend in order to revive the economy.”
The Bishop of Durham said: “Labour made a lot of promises, but a lot of them have vanished into thin air. We have not seen a raising of aspirations in the last 13 years, but instead there is a sense of hopelessness. While the rich have got richer, the poor have got poorer.”
The Bishop Winchester is of the opinion that the Government has done precious little to help the poor, and refers to the abolition of the 10p tax rate as a ‘disaster’. He said: “It is imperative that this Government help the poorer people and hold the hard-hit communities in its sights, but it seems to have its eye on re-election instead.”
And the Bishop of Carlisle accused the Government of ‘playing with people’s livelihoods’. He said: “I agree with the Conservatives that the breakdown of the family is a crucial element in the difficulties of our present society. He argued that Labour’s failure to back marriage and its ‘insistence on supporting every choice of lifestyle’ had had a negative effect on society. He said: “I think Labour has got tired.”
In short, Labour have led Britain to family breakdown, burgeoning debt, a growing divide between rich and poor, and a state of hopelessness. They have subordinated their moral and fiscal judgment to political opportunism.
Happy New Year, Mr Cameron.
This is precisely what an Established Church is for. On those rare occasions when it speaks with unity, it fulfills its pivotal role as the spiritual conscience of government and the moral guide of the nation.
But why now?
Where have these bishops been since 1997?
Perhaps they have been emboldened by the intervention of their leader into party politics, or perhaps they unified against a common enemy when the Prime Minister alluded to the Archbishop of Canterbury behaving like the hypocritical cleric in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Or perhaps they are tired of being marginalised by this amoral and anti-Christian government and have poured their hearts out to God who has given them the words to speak.
Cranmer is not sure that so many bishops have been of one mind since the seven who were prosecuted for seditious libel by James II. These five senior churchmen have done the nation a great favour by confronting the Government with the tragic consequences of their deficient policies; by highlighting the moral vacuum which is the rotten harvest of years spin, manipulation, instant gratification, welfare dependency, and the degeneration of the nation’s social fabric.
The nation needs renewal. It is time to rediscover the importance of discipline, understand the meaning of responsibility, and experience the rewards of hard work. It is time to revive the concept of duty, the notion of civic virtue, and inculcate the imperative of the common good.
Cranmer prays that the New Year may bring a general election by which this Labour Government may be judged for its sins, shamed for its vices and condemned for its crimes.
In the meantime, let us give thanks for these five bishops, mindful that judgement begins at the House of God.