Most Rev and Rt Hon John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu (1949- ), Anglican Archbishop of York… he was a “prisoner of conscience” under Idi Amin in Uganda. He calls stock market speculators “clearly bank robbers”, is in sympathy with the Palestinians, called the American gulag in Guantánamo “unjust”, and is a hardcore York City FC supporter… what’s not to like?
[Multiculturalism] seemed to imply, wrongly for me, “let other cultures be allowed to express themselves, but do not let the majority culture at all tell us its glories, its struggles, its joys, its pains”.
Asking someone to leave their belief in God at the door of their workplace is akin to asking them to remove their skin colour before coming into the office.
Christianity is the tapestry upon which our country’s heritage was woven.
Archbishop John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu
The Anglican Diocese of Bradford in West Yorkshire in northern England may cease to exist as an independent entity because of the sharp reduction in the number of practising Anglicans, and a concurrent rapid growth in the number of Muslims, within its borders. A diocesan commission is already considering joining the diocese to the neighbouring Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, according to the British newspaper The Daily Express. In turn, some spokesmen for the diocese proposed to attach it to the Archdiocese of York, creating a “super-diocese” headed by Archbishop John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu of York, the second-ranking bishop of the C of E (he is styled “Primate of England”). According to Rev Rod Anderson, vicar of the local church of St Barnabas, over the 16 years of his ministry in this parish, the number of parishioners attending Sunday service dropped from more than one hundred to only forty. He also said that, in recent years, there were demographic changes due to a large influx of Asians, which, in his opinion, affect the number of communicants. According to The Daily Express, by 2008, attendance at Anglican churches in Bradford dropped to 7,800, compared to the fact that the mosque in Bradford has up to 20,000 regular attendees. Thus, the ratio of practising Muslims and Anglicans in the diocese is more than two to one. In England, church attendance is now declining so rapidly that later generations of permanent C of E parishioners will be less than the number of regular attendees of Muslim mosques, the newspaper notes.
26 October 2010