According to 'The Daily Telegraph' today, the good news is that 1 in 5 of the Church of England's 113 bishops faces the sack because the Church is top heavy and the bishops too costly, while congregations are shrinking and parishes are strapped for cash. Apparently last year's bill for these useless, time-wasting parasites and out-of-works was nearly £25 million.
Under new proposals being considered by the Church Commissioners, they would fund only 2 bishops per diocese - at the moment nearly half of them have between 3 and 6. Talk about over-manning - makes you wonder that there's enough choir-boys and catamites to go around them all.
Interesting enough, though congregations and church attendances have shrunk dramatically since 1900, in that year there were 57 bishops and about 24,000 clergy, while there are now 113 bishops and only 9,000 full-time parish clergy, supplemented by a similar number of part-time clergy and licensed lay people. Some may think that is definitely a case of too many chiefs and not enough indians, but most impartial observers would recognise that it is approximately 18,000 too many sinecures.
Good riddance to all of them, I say.