When a report comes out from any group which has legitimate and objective criticisms of the government, then it usually ought to be given a fair hearing. However, sometimes, despite the fact that I might agree with 100% with what they say, when it is a religious report, I have deep concerns.
The Bishops responsible for the report highlight concerns about Labour's obsession with money and further worries about the fact that Labour seem to thing that the consumer route is the way for the country to dig itself out of recession. Both of these I agree with. But then my sensible side kicks in. Labour may be morally bankrupt, but why are priests lecturing us on the economy and how the government should be run ? Why are religious leaders taking an overtly political stance in condemning the government ? And why are the Church of England at this time not trying to turn round the decline in the number of people going to church rather than claiming to understand how the economy should be turned round.
I have always felt politics should be kept divided from religion as the answers to today's problems cannot be found in a 2000 year old book.