Dr Hope: churches should provide 'space and silence'
The Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, launched a fierce assault on his own Church yesterday, accusing it of abandoning the mysterious for the banal and indulging in ineffective debate.
The Archbishop, who is second in the Church of England's hierarchy, said that while Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were increasingly popular, worship was failing to connect with people's imaginations.
And he warned that the proliferation of committees and talking shops had strangled the vibrant spirit and quiet prayerfulness found among early Christians.
Dr Hope's blunt criticism, delivered in a sermon at Mirfield theological college in Yorkshire, reflects his fears that bureaucracy and internal divisions are undermining the Church's mission.