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Royal Black leader slams our Churches

Alf McCreary

By Alf McCreary

The sovereign grand master of the Royal Black Institution has accused the Churches of failing to give its members a clear lead.

Rev William Anderson said: "The Church at large is failing to demonstrate clearly to many people the core central message of the Christian Gospel."

He made the comments to the Belfast Telegraph in the first of a series of in-depth interviews published today on the theme 'What I Believe'.

Rev Anderson continued: "They have simply given way to populism.

"There are too many of them wishy-washy, with mixed messages. What people need is a clear lead..."

The Rev Anderson also criticised his own denomination, the Church of Ireland, for how it marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, describing its efforts as a "damp squib".

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