LONDON: Christian belief has been "pushed out" of the lives of most Britons, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
Dr George Carey said the backbone of religious morality that "once ran through the thinking of both people and government" had been lost and needed to be found again. He was replying to a speech by his Roman Catholic counterpart, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who earlier said that Christian belief in Britain had "almost been vanquished".
Liberal bishops and pressure groups criticised the views of the two leading prelates and said both men were
"lamenting the decline of traditional morality while failing to recognise that Christian values are spreading".