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News from the Diocese of Southwark

St John, Waterloo

10 Jun 2015

Diocesan Director of Communications

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Following the event at St John, Waterloo on 6 March 2015, the Bishop of Southwark has made it quite clear that acts of worship from a non-Christian tradition are not permitted in consecrated churches.This has been communicated in writing to the Vicar of St John, Waterloo by the Bishop along with a clear message about the seriousness of this matter, and the consequences should there be any repetition. He has received, in writing, a full apology for the breach which resulted from this event, together with a categorical assurance that there will be no repetition or similar event.

The Vicar also indicated in his letter his concern that his comments, at the end of that event, have been interpreted in a way that have suggested that he and St John’s do not conform to an orthodox interpretation of the Christian faith. He has made it very clear that he assents fully to “the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness”.

Bishop Christopher has made it clear that he is fully committed to promoting serious and constructive engagement between Christians and Muslims, but that clarity about boundaries is foundational for effective interfaith work.