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How can you sentence someone to a fate worse than life?

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

Marie Fleming
Marie Fleming
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You have to admit, we don't pay enough attention to the Archbishop of Canterbury in this country. Even more disgracefully, we don't pay enough attention to former Archbishops of Canterbury. I dunno, maybe it has something to do with the fact that we aren't as religious as we used to be. Or, perhaps more pertinently, it has something to do with the fact that us paying attention to what the head of the Anglican Church has to say on moral matters makes even less sense than calibrating your moral compass according to coordinates set by a bloke in Rome. In other words, not much sense at all.

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But just because someone is religious doesn't mean we should automatically dismiss everything they say as celestial codswollop that has no place in the 21st Century.

Having decided that they have spent too much time engaged in an ecclesiastical civil war over gay marriage and women priests, they are now sundering themselves over the issue of assisted suicide. In one corner we have the likes of Lord Carey, who has undergone a spiritual volte-face and now supports the right-to-end-life, while the current incumbent, Justin Welby, is firmly opposed.

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