It seems that the Church is openly engaging in the political aspects of Brexit, now that the Archbishop of Canterbury has entered the fray.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Remain supporting Justin Welby, is reportedly setting up an assembly of about 100 people with the aim of stopping a no deal Brexit.
The Mail says that:
"Welby is said to be liaising with a cross-party group of senior MPs over a series of public meetings."
And the Archbishop is reported to have said that a no deal Brexit would be a political, practical and moral failure.
And it is claimed that the assembly to be chaired by the Archbishop would be part of the national post Brexit healing process, with members diverse in views, background and gender as well as with different opinions on how Brexit should progress – apart from the no deal option one supposes.
Anyway, the Mail goes on to say that:
"It is not clear how the selection process would work. Those involved would take part in discussions chaired by the archbishop and hosted by Coventry Cathedral."
It is thought that the assembly would be put in place next month.
There have, of course, been detractors and supporters of this move.
Brexiteer Labour MP, Frank Field, said:
"I support any means by which we might be able to come towards a negotiated Brexit, and therefore I'm really pleased with what the assemblies are trying to do."
And the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, said it was an "attempt to bring reconciliation at a time of national emergency".
But on the other side, the vice chairman of the Tory Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG), Mark Francois, said that he thought we'd all had enough of being lectured about why the UK should stop Brexit and that they will not appreciate the involvement of Archbishop Welby.
And another Brexiteer Tory MP, Iain Duncan Smith, said that these plans by the Archbishop were inappropriate and that:
"I generally don't criticise the Archbishop but he shouldn't allow himself to be tempted into what is essentially a very political issue right now."
But the Prime Minister himself didn't seem too phased. He said that he'd received a nice letter from the Archbishop who seems to want to bring the country together.
"…and I certainly support him in that," he said.
I have to ask, why so late in the day? The Brexit debate was always divisive and hasn't got any better. Or is it now dawning on many that Brexit could well be about to happen 'come what may', 'do or die', so they are pulling out every stop they can in the hope of preventing it happening.
And isn't it strange that some senior members of the Christian clergy in the UK seem quite happy to wade in on the side of any perceived lefty inclusiveness in just about any issue. But on the one issue they should be putting their shoulder to the wheel on, the defence and promotion of Christianity domestically and worldwide, they seem surprisingly silent on, don't they.
Or maybe they see pushing their own religion as somehow divisive? But if so, why wear the cloth?