Letter: Reformed faith

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THE CHURCH of England was 'reformed' in the 16th and 17th centuries, not 'invented'. To be reformed you have to exist ('Disestablishmentarianism', 31 January). The Church of England has existed from the day the Christian Gospel was first proclaimed in this country, and its justification to be called a national church is to do with history and culture not current attendance figures or the comings and goings of royal houses. Disestablishment will help reveal the Church's true character and authority, and the sooner the better, but let's have the historical facts to base it on.

Richard Giles

Parish Priest, St Thomas