Welby and Church must do more for housebound – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Margaret Kirkwood, Brandesburton, Driffield.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, continuers to be criticised by readers.

MY husband and I heartedly agree with everything Sarah Todd wrote in The Yorkshire Post earlier this month regarding the Church of England in the present day.

I did write to the Archbishop of Canterbury to say that there was not enough leadership shown by the church to help us through the pandemic. His reply told us of all that had been done, with the help of social media.

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As we are both in our dotage, we don’t use social media and we cannot connect to Zoom to hear our vicar’s weekly services.

A parishoner watches the Archbishop of Canterbury speak during an online service at the start of the Covid pandemic.

But we do watch TV and we enjoyed watching and feeling part of the services in Westminster Abbey to mark the anniversaries of VE Day, VJ Day and Battle of Britain day and the Armistice Day service in the Albert Hall which had wonderful singing.

I am 92 and I remember well the National Days of Prayer held in the Second World War which were very well received on the radio, and by the increase in attendance in church.

Technology and media have moved on, but surely a service on TV would be possible? We have many friends in our group who are missing our weekly services and a chat to our vicar, we are feeling that there is a lack of support from the Church of England for us homebound oldies.

From: Richard Everatt, Carlton, Goole.

YOUR contributor Canon Michael Storey of Brighouse has joined the growing number of archbishops, bishops and various clergymen on their interference in politics, Brexit, and almost everything else.

Canon Storey finds Boris Johnson guilty of four abusements of his position, so he is not just a canon but a judge and jury. At least Boris is not rushing off on a sabbatical like the Archbishop of Canterbury when, in these most difficult of times, he should be looking after his flock!

Before coronavirus, church numbers were in free fall and if our religious leaders were football coaches or managers they would have been sacked years ago on their results, and no doubt rewarded by a seat in the House of Lords.

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