By Stephen Johns, Mailonline
A former Archbishop of Canterbury has hit out at ‘naïve’ Bishops for entering a political row on benefit cuts.
Last night, Lord Carey of Clifton said that it was too simplistic to blame the recent welfare cuts for the rising use of food banks and bishops are doing the Church no favours by entering the debate.
He said such opposition to reducing the welfare bill was ‘Canute-like’ and reflected an ‘overt left-right politicisation of Church versus government’.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury said Anglicans and Catholics share outrage at the rising levels of hunger among the most disadvantaged and that the welfare state has reached ‘gargantuan’ proportions.
Writing in The Times he said that the reasons were far more complex than bishops claimed in a letter last week.
Lord Carey said: ‘They are right in describing a serious problem but only partially correct in their analysis.
‘It is much too simplistic to blame these problems on cutbacks to welfare and failures in the benefits system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions.
He added that the welfare system is being ‘asked to replace kinship and neighbourliness’ and is ‘never going to pass muster as the ideal vehicle to deliver aid to those in greatest need when they most need it.’
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