Financial data released by the Church of England shows that each bishop costs almost £120,000 a year, in addition to receiving £46,000 per year as a stipend. ‘As a member of General Synod for over a decade I have questioned the cost of bishops’ lavish lifestyles and opulence at the top while parishes up and down the country struggle to meet their bills, and even close their door,’ said Sam Margrave, a lay member of General Synod and a former local councilor, in a written statement submitted before last weekend’s synod meeting. The CofE spends, on average, £70,800 on the ongoing maintenance of each bishop’s house; 26 bishops live in houses that have more than six bedrooms.
Bishops’ ‘lavish’ lifestylesWritten by David Fletcher 15 Jul 2021
- Pray: for every bishop, priest, deacon, and layperson to maintain a community presence drawing attention to successful ministries not the financial costs they incur. (Matthew 5:16)
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