"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Church of England clerics smug, arrogant and conceited!?

They are “people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness who are extraordinarily presumptuous about the significance of their position in society.
So says Rowan Atkinson of Johnny English and Mr Bean fame – the chap who played Father Gerald in Four Weddings and a Funeral - and the guy who wrote off his £2 million McLaren F1 in an argument with a tree recently!

Well as it happens and as you read this I am in conference with several Church of England clergy, alongside scientists, journalists and other people such as myself who are all interested in doing something about the urgent need for sustainable living across the world. And if my own experiences to date with Church of England clergy is anything to go by - and I know and have worked with quite a few of them in my lifetime - none of these at conference with me will be smug, arrogant or conceited.

Perhaps those clergy who move in Atkinson’s social circles are a breed apart?

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