Here we go again - senior church officials with a serious case of foot in mouth syndrome - Banning the hymm Jerusalem from Southwark Cathedral. This is the same church where the Bishop was alleged to have been wandering around London p*ssed of his head and breaking into cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=558480&in_page_id=1770 Coming close on the Archbishop of Canterbury tacitly supporting the introduction of Sharia law. Yet another Vicar of the "relevant" or left wing persausion actually fighting the majority of his parishoners ! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/7340526.stm The same thing is happening to my local church. For those not in the know, the current trend in the CoE is to gut the historical interiors of our old churches in order to make them more "relevant". Basically, strip out the old pews and replace them with "flexible seating" or cheap stackable chairs. Any monument with military overtones is generally on the hit list despite the fact that at some stage a grieving family donated the memorial in the belief that it would be there in perpetuity ( in my local is a memorial to one of the locals killed at Isandlwana - it is on the hit list to be "re-located to a more appropriate place" - or the skip not doubt). The whole "redevelopment" is being led by a small group and it is really upsetting some of the congregation, especially the old girls that are the backbone of the church and actually do all the heavy lifting as far as cleaning etc. The "modernists" are planning to "reinvigorate" the village church as a "wedding and conference centre" which is making the three publicans in the village rather p*ssed off. In the end it's all about money. I didn't think it possible but can the CoE actually disappear further up it's own arrse?