OK, so the pews get greyer and emptier each year. All around them the Ten Commandments are broken on an industrial scale by their countrymen.
But the Chuch of England has its priorities right. Why don't we apologise to Muslim leaders for overthrowing Saddam ?
Church of England bishops have suggested Christian leaders apologise to Muslim leaders for the war in Iraq.
A report from a working group of bishops says the war was one of a "long litany of errors" relating to Iraq.
As the government is unlikely to offer an apology, a meeting of religious leaders would provide a "public act of institutional repentance," it said.
It urges a "truth and reconciliation" meeting, but acknowledged that arranging it could be difficult.
I look forward to the comments on Thinking Anglicans.
Where are Latimer and Ridley when you need them ?
"There is no uniquely righteous nation. No country should see itself as the redeemer nation" - the Bishops Report (pdf)
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart" - Peter 1 2:9
UPDATE 2 - Stephen Pollard applies the whips and scorpions to the bishops, who turn out to be the usual suspects of Richard Harries and Peter Selby.