Focus on the social issues, not gardens
I read with interest of the £3 million plan for proposed new gardens at Leicester Cathedral (September 18).
This is on top of £7 million recently spent by the Diocese of Leicester on the extravagant renovation of St Martins House with opulent conferencing and banqueting facilities, and a further £2.6 million on the renovation of Launde Abbey, the diocese retreat.
All of these projects have been funded in part by donations, public money and the lottery.
In seeking further funding for the cathedral gardens, the Bishop of Leicester should ask himself whether accepting money from sources such as the £19 million Connecting Leicester Fund is morally right in such hard economic times.
Also, if accepting such funding fits within the teachings of a Christian church.
It is even more important at the present for the Church to allow what limited resources are available to be directed towards such issues as poverty, unemployment, suffering, substance abuse, homelessness and family breakdown.
Oddly, this proposed £3 million project comes shortly after the Board of Mission and Social Responsibility of the Diocese of Leicester – a registered charity started in 1963 and working for the relief of suffering, poverty and promoting social responsibility – ceased to exist.
It closed in July without any announcement.
Does this mean that landscaping the cathedral gardens has become a more important priority than the church promoting and meeting some of its social responsibilities?
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