A few years ago, in Exeter Cathedral, I was praying in a side chapel when I was asked to leave as a service was about to begin. Admittedly, I was offered the option of another side chapel nearer the door; but the attitude of the authorities did not strike me as Christ-like. On the other hand, in the Catholic cathedral in Barcelona recently, I admired the architecture, lit a candle and prayed, and stopped to hear part of a Mass being held in a chapel at the time, and no attempt was made to eject or move me.
I have been a member of the Church of England all my life and have no intention of leaving, but I sometimes find it hard to defend.
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