Thursday, 23 December 2010
Faith, Finance and Archbishop George Carey
We at The Voice are very pleased to be able to show this seasonal interview here because it links in very well with our series looking at Faith, Finance and related issues in Jersey.
Our thanks to Paul for the use of the recording and to Stuart of Impact Video for helping to post it on YouTube.
Lord Carey was born in the East End of London, failed his eleven plus and went on from secondary school to National Service in the RAF.
He became a Christian at the age of 17 going to church with friends and after leaving the RAF studied for his GCE “O” and “A” levels - then for a degree in divinity at King’s College London.
George served as a curate for many years in England and was appointed as Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1988.
He is married and has four grown-up children (one is in the clergy).
He is described as an Evangelical Christian, supports the ordination of women, closer links with Rome and is opposed to homosexual relationships between serving clergy.
This year he provoked some controversy due to an intervention in an English Court of Appeal case (re McFarlane) that had to consider religious rights issues.
Lord Carey suggested that such cases should be heard only by hand-picked judges with religious knowledge. So much for the independence of the judiciary!
The issues raised then are central to the theme of our series on this blog. If judges are expected to leave their own beliefs outside of the court room – what about the rest of us – shall we leave our religious (or political beliefs) outside of the office or workplace or even government?
Or, would it be proper for an employer to recruit staff “who had a proven sensitivity to religious issues?” but as always, we invite your comments.
Submitted by Thomas Wellard.