Marching out of step beneath the red flag
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
From the Revd Paul Butler and others
Sir, - With reference to the Revd Steven Saxby's letter (
27 May): yes, there are Catholic Socialists in the Church of England, and
we are organised. Many readers may remember the Jubilee Group, a successor of
the Guild of St Matthew, the Church Socialist League, and the Catholic Crusade.
This has now ended, but a new group has been formed which includes some former
Jubilee members and others.
The Society of Sacramental Socialists was formally set up in April 2005, and
has lay and ordained members from around the country. A website, programme and
literature will be available in the autumn. For more information contact: The
Society of Sacramental Socialists, at the address below.
Paul Butler, Carrie Thompson, Andy Delmege
Co-chairs of the Society of Sacramental Socialists
c/o St Dunstan's Vicarage
5 Gramsci Way
London SE6 3HA
From Dr Andrew Bradstock
Sir, - I am surprised that the Revd
Steven Saxby speaks so disparagingly of the Christian Socialist Movement, when
our founding aims, reprinted in every issue of our magazine, appear so like the
ones he seems to include within his term "theoretical Christian Socialism".
Perhaps where we differ from Mr Saxby is in our concern to see our vision of
socialism remain not purely "theoretical", but impact on the real world of
politics. Hence our decision some years ago, affirmed more recently, to
affiliate to the Labour Party.
Confusingly, Mr Saxby calls for a "re-founding" of the Church Socialist
League, which was begun by Christian Socialists of the time who wanted to work
more closely with Keir Hardie and the Labour movement. Instead of trying to
form a separate movement, Mr Saxby would be better advised to work with us in
CSM in administering that "injection of Christian Socialism" within the Labour
Party for which he calls. He - and other comrades - would be most welcome.
Christian Socialist Movement
Westminster Central Hall
London SW1H 9NH