Thursday 16 October 2003 4.44pm
I go to church on a regular basis but I think it woould be a grave mistake to allow only church-goers any say as even I think many of them as rather scary people with even scarier attitudes.
What the C of E does affects the whole country and when you have The Queen as head of the C of E, then it does indeed become a matter for all.
A recent report states that a huge majority of clergy are over 50 years old. It then goes on to say, with stats to back it up, that a congregation is made up of people who are aged 10 years either side of the vicar's age. So it's no wonder that there aren't so many church-goers under 40. Therefore, if only church-goers are having a say, then that's a very restricted number and does not constitute a healthy debate, nor is it very representative of our diverse population.