Have World Churches Failed Society.

For some time, I have worried that many places of worship worldwide and of different faiths have lost their way. This includes the Church of England, sadly. Have world churches failed society?

My church background.

I was confirmed in a small Welsh church linked to my primary school. This photo was taken at the same time that I was a pupil at the school. I may well have been one of the boys playing in the yard of the school.

The church was a 5 minute walk away and all the boys and girls would attend all feast day services. Once or twice a term, the headmaster and staff would take us for our own special service.

The Reverend H. James visited our school every month and talked to us. So, we had a thorough grounding of Christianity both when we went to church and when we were in  school. 

Although technically independent from the Church of England, the doctrine, teaching, and practice of the Church in Wales revolves around the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welsh churches were originally part of the Church of England. It was a legal anomaly in the Welsh Church Act of 1914 that resulted in the difference in the names.

The doctrines and practices of the Church of England and the Church in Wales are basically the same.

The two Churches believe that Jesus Christ lived on Earth in human form, died, and was resurrected as a God.

(God in 3 persons, the blessed trinity of God the Farther, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). He is the way to eternal life for true believers.

They accept that the old and new testaments were inspired by the Holy Spirit. They accept that the books of the Apocrypha are used in Christian worship but do not form part of Doctrine. That the most important sacraments are Holy Baptism and the Eucharist.

Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, the reconciliation of sinners, and the anointing of the sick are also seen as sacraments.

We believe in heaven, hell, and the second coming of Our Lord.

I saw this anonymous comment on the internet this morning.

I think it sums up the topic well. It also mentions the UK Post Office Scandal. Paula Vennells, the disgraced CEO of the Post Office, has now resigned from all her directorships. And King Charles, on 29 February 2024, revoked her CBE on the grounds that, “it brings the honours system into disrepute”. She has resigned from all her church appointments. Even so, she remains an inactive ordained priest.

“The church has sinned. Like all sinners the church needs to repent and mend its ways. If we think the whole idea of the Anglican Church is to be a purer form of Christianity than Catholicism, then it needs to go back to basics. The first thing it needs to do as a Christian church is to follow the example of Jesus. Helping the ones at the bottom of the heap is what Jesus is famous for. So, looking at the post office scandal, there was one person who above all others saved the day. Mr Bates needs to be the new vicar, and when looking for other vicars, these are the ones you want. You can’t preach it if you don’t do it yourself, because that is hypocrisy.”

Our Lord overturning the money-lending tables.

In the second coming, would our Lord metaphorically turn the tables over in some of the world’s places of religion? when he sees how they are not following God’s will.




One is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.

My own faith confirms this as a one on one “relationship” with God. (More on how I found my faith in a later article). During the Eucharist, I believe I am in communion with God. That the formalities of the rites are different does not matter. 

The quote in the headline above is from Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney. (4 October 1858 – 15 June 1932). Her father and husband were Anglican priests but they both converted to Roman Catholicism when Gurney was 61 years old. Disillusioned with the Church of England?

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