Anglican Samizdat

December 13, 2009

There is one sin left in the Diocese of Niagara

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 8:36 am

But only one, and it has a capital “S”. Here is Archdeacon Michael Patterson to explain:

The idea that poverty – and little else – is a “Sin” is attractive to liberal Anglicans because one bears no direct personal responsibility for it, and thus its remedy is in the hands of government not the individual.



  1. “and thus its remedy is in the hands of government not the individual.”
    I never thought about this…but I think this is a perfect way of summarizing why the Anglican Church has become so very obsessed with poverty. THANKS!

    Comment by Frank — December 13, 2009 @ 8:45 am

  2. Just think how far $400,000 could have gone if it hadn’t been used to sue other Christians

    Comment by Muriel — December 13, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  3. I wonder what percentage of his salary is given to assist the poor? !00%? – the “Widow’s Mite”? Nice suit.

    Comment by Margo — December 13, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  4. Poverty is a sin? A thing, a concept is a sin? Who is the sinner then? The poor person (as in the medieval and early modern church)? Or the unregulated bankers? Or the government? Or everyone who invests their income in Mutual Funds and drives a CO2 belching car? Or the person who talks about alleviating poverty without actually doing it? Oh my.

    Comment by Sam — December 13, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

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