Rowan Williams, in a last ditch effort to attract people back to the Anglican Church, has suggested that they should pay more taxes:
Higher levels of tax would be good for society, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr Rowan Williams said that taxation should not be seen as a way of stifling business or redistributing wealth but helping to make the world a better place in which to live.
He called for new levies to be introduced on financial transactions and carbon emissions, and an end to the idea that unlimited economic growth is desirable.
Dr Williams claimed that the “fantasies of unlimited growth” had led to a “vicious cycle” in which consumers are encouraged to buy more goods, which also uses up limited energy and raw materials.
Instead, he said the economy should be geared towards creating a secure and sustainable environment for families.
As part of this, the archbishop said: “We have to ask about ‘green taxes’ (including ‘green’ tax breaks) that will check environmental irresponsibility and build up resources to address the ecological crises that menace us.
For the Pope picking off disenchanted Anglicans, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.