Church of England row as cathedral opens doors to tarot card readers and crystal healers in 'new age' festivalBy DAILY MAIL REPORTERLast updated at 11:37 AM on 28th March 2011Comments (14)Add to My StoriesNew age: Manchester Cathedral is to hold a new age festival to celebrate 'all forms of spirituality'The Church of England was braced for a fresh row today after a cathedral announced plans to host a 'new age' festival.The event - featuring tarot card readers, crystal healers, dream interpretation, and a fire-breathing vicar - is to be held in Manchester Cathedral in May.But the move is certain to anger traditionalists, who feel the Church has already strayed too far from tradition.Hundreds have already defected to the Roman Catholic Church after deep splits over the ordination of gay and women priests. Anglican leaders in Manchester decided to hold the festival in the historic cathedral in a bid to embrace alternative forms of Christianity.Fortune tellers, meditation experts and traditional healers will fill the pews during the day-long festival. The Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, said he wanted to celebrate 'all forms of spirituality'.The Church is in trouble. Attendances have fallen for the sixth year in a row, according to official figures that also showed it holding fewer marriages, baptisms and funerals.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370694/Church-England-row-cathedral-opens-doors-tarot-card-readers-crystal-healers-new-age-festival.html#ixzz1I7SGv1r1
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Lord, have mercy!
This is probably to be expected, seeing the Archbishop of Canterbury believes it's okay for him to take part in Druid ceremonies.Thankfully, the statistics are usually short by the growing pool of non-demoninational Christians in the UK, who rarely feature in the publicised head-counts.I'm guessing. Mr Blair estimated them at a million or more, and courted them unashamedly in his first election campaign, while knowing he intended to promote a national morality which is antithetical to Biblical Christianity, and, reading the Bible publicly to enhance his image in their view.Sigh. No-one could guess how pluralistic he was being.