Another controversial “cleric-speaks-out-of-turn” story that might have escaped your attention is that of Barry Morgan, leader of the Anglican church in Wales, and his passionate views on national self-determination. (Now, I wonder what Rowan Williams has to say about England?)
The archbishop of Wales says it would be “immoral” for Wales not to have full law-making powers in the near future.
But Conservative Monmouth MP David Davies said his comments were “disappointing” and there were more pressing issues he could speak out on.
Barry Morgan spoke to BBC Radio Wales in his role as chair of Tomorrow’s Wales, which looks at devolution.
He told the Good Evening Wales programme that religion could not be “separate from life”.
The archbishop has previously criticised the existing law-making powers as “tortuous and convoluted”.
He made his comments as the Queen approved the transfer of new powers to the assembly allowing it to pass laws in specified areas.
He denied that he should not speak out on politics because he is leader of the Church in Wales and stressed he was not concerned with party politics.
But Dr Morgan told Good Evening Wales it seemed to him the “present settlement is demeaning to Wales and therefore I think that people like myself can’t divorce themselves from the life of politics”.
“Because politics is about the way we organise ourselves in society and, therefore every single aspect of life ought to have relevance to the Gospel, and that’s why I’m speaking out.”
Dr Morgan also said he believed “more and more people were on board with devolution” and if a referendum on more powers was held by 2011 it would be won easily.
A referendum on more powers was part of the agreement signed by Labour and Plaid Cymru when they formed a coalition Welsh Assembly Government last May.
Note: Lenin Cymru points out the dominance of Plaid in the coalition, forcing Welsh Labour to take a critical stance on New Labour’s attacks on public services like the post office closures.