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Church of Scotland could lose £1 million a year in givings, over gay ordination row

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  1. Common sense 16 Jun 2013, 2:55pm

    Look thereis no guarantee that these congregations would leave the CofS intact. All the evidence from previous schismatic moves is that only a hard core goes with the splitters and much of the congregation will move instead to other parishes within the CofS. So it would be foolish to bandy about figures like this article does.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Jun 2013, 3:10pm

    £60.5 million in 20011 and how much tax is paid on that I wonder? If they were real Christians they wouldn’t be worrying about their income but would do as Jesus Christ once commanded, to sell everything they have and give it to the poor if they wanted to be his followers. None of them do though Christian in name only and that’s where it ends.

    1. I think you’ll find religions pay not one penny in tax – as is also the case with the THOUSANDS of registerd charities with the name of a religion in their title. Many of these charities exist, it appears, PURELY as lobbying organisations and every single penny raised is spect of the salaries of their officers. Indeed, may of them are prevented from the terms of their charters from giving money away. A very serious review of the charities commission is needed. But just you try to find a government minister responsible for the chartities commission. There ISN’T one! No-one, it seems, oversees the charities commission. This is wrong.

  3. Bill Cameron 16 Jun 2013, 3:26pm

    This is of no interest to me, unless our witless government was to decide to make up the deficit by giving them more public money (than they already get from their fraudulent charitable status).

    What goes around truly comes around.

    I was brought up in the Church of Scotland tradition, but got out of religion in general in my mid-teens (not far short of 50 years ago). Closed-minded not to say simple-minded!!

  4. Jock S. Trap 16 Jun 2013, 3:47pm

    Well good riddance to the bigoted Bastards and let’s hope better people will take over where the nasty leave off!

    The numbers will balance from the better but those with hatred best learn they will never win.

  5. Beelzeebub 16 Jun 2013, 9:02pm


    Will the CofS run with the fiscal loss, or placate the bigots who are perfectly happy for their cult to be unable to provide its “CHRISTIAN” moral duty to the “needy” via their withdrawal of funding.

    The end result will be VERY telling indeed.

    Seems to me like an own goal against the bigots.

  6. So what. CoS is well on its way to becoming inclusive. those who leave- make sure the doorknob docent hit you where your lord split you.

    Lots of you would probably cum in your pants.

  7. Given that JC supposedly overturned the money tables in the temple, I wouldn’t be surprised if he opened the door to let this lot leave more easily with their chattels.

  8. why dont the church members dig into their pockets to make up the short fall if they believe their faith is that important?

  9. These break away churches will have to be monitored very closely by the Charity Commission in case they apply for charity status to avoid taxation.

  10. Simple accounting would show those parishes, with such low incomes, that without central subsidies they are financially unsustainable.
    Be interesting to see the congregations view when the minister, who’s probably pushing for the split, asks them to contribute more money to cover their running costs.
    And like all those chapels and churches made redundant because the congregation couldn’t pick up the true costs well see more churches sold and congregations ‘worshiping’ in isolation.
    The main strength and pulling power of key religious organisations ‘tends’ to be matched by their wealth – to campaign – and their high profile estates – to advertise. Start messing with that and they start to crumble.
    So let them leave and as their money runs out watch for those property sales and the congregations dispersing.
    LGBT issues will be the least of their worries when their roof needs work.

  11. This is indeed good news. Before long, they will have ‘scism’d’ themselves out of existence. Can’t come soon enough, if you ask me. Pit they don’t all follow suit.

  12. Bob Robinson 17 Jun 2013, 3:44pm

    This money could, I am sure be better usmed than in the bank of the Church of Scotland.

  13. Bob Robinson 17 Jun 2013, 3:47pm

    Bloody spell check: I meant that this money could be better used somewhere else than in the coffers of the Church of Scotland.

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