In an editorial titled "A Childish Church," the UK Telegraph writes:
"Sadly, the Church of England's report on how to cure urban deprivation is a curate's egg
....the overall analysis is socialism tinged with piety. Attacking "market—driven capitalism", sententiously proposing "a living wage rather than a minimum wage" and suggesting that any illegal immigrant who makes it to these shores should be entitled to work and welfare — this is not Christian compassion, but economic and moral childishness. (Speaking of children, where is the recommendation that would do most to arrest social breakdown — one which the Church should be naturally interested in: the promotion of marriage? Not a word about it.)
With its emphasis on freedom, diversity and responsiveness to users, capitalism is the model that should also characterise the welfare system. If it abandoned its socialism, the Church of England would do God's work much better."
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