Anglicans: Battle over Benefices

"This is the most important document ever to come before a Church Assembly," said the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Riches, Anglican Bishop of Lincoln. The document is a dry, statistic-laden paperback called The Deployment and Payment of the Clergy. But behind that grey title it is an incisive, reform-demanding anatomy of Christian Britain and the Church of England.

Written by Anglican Layman Leslie Paul at the request of the church's Central Advisory Council for the Ministry, the report is an attack on the quaint English parish system that dates back to Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury in the 7th century. Today the Church...

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