A senior Church of England bishop has called for Britain to use the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as an opportunity to step back and reflect on family values.
The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, has warned that separation and divorce are now at “epidemic” levels. Writing in a Bible Society pamphlet, he said that British society was now “enormously different” and in “so many ways” a better place to live when compared to 1952, the year of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
However he also said that inequality had grown and improvements in material wealth had been made at the expense of family relationships and community life with society becoming “more strained, more fragile.”
He said: “Literally millions of children grow up without knowing a stable, loving, secure family life.”
“Separation and divorce have reached epidemic proportions in our society. Perhaps, then, we shouldn’t be surprised that depression and the prescription of anti-depressants has reached a similarly epidemic level.”
In his article, Dr Chartres said the Diamond Jubilee presented an opportunity to not only reflect on the Queen’s “extraordinary” reign but also a chance to “re-balance the scales” in society and focus upon how best to “reset” the situation.