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Big differential

02 November 2006


From the Revd David Osborne
Sir, — In the debate and subsequent correspondence about clergy stipend differentials, a crucial point seems to have been missed. At no point was there any suggestion that lay employees of the Church should not have pay differentials. Neither was it proposed that lay church members should all live to a modest standard, and give any surplus income that they might have to poorer members or to charity.

If the proposal at Synod had been passed, it would not have been the Church’s setting an example to the world, but would have been the Church’s imposing another virtue on the clergy which was not expected, let alone required, of the laity. That is not the same thing.

The Rectory,
Shepton Mallet BA4 4DX

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