First, I have to get credit where credit is due. On its face, the statement on Brexit by the Church of England House of Bishops is commendable. The result of the Brexit referendum should be respected. And even Archbishop Welby of all people has called out the Remoaners for their “whingeing”. And care should be taken in the language used in discussing Brexit.
But the statement has the air of a body that is above the fray when Church of England bishops have been anything but. Church of England bishops are almost all Remainers, and quite a few merit being dubbed Remoaners. Further, some of their language towards those who back Brexit has been *cough* uncharitable as Cranmer notes.
You know if I were to give a sermon on the sin of unrighteous anger, I would feel like a pretentious hypocrite if I did not acknowledge during it that I struggle with anger. So how can the House of Bishops give a statement like this without clearly acknowledging and, yes, apologizing for the very public Remoaning amongst them in the years since the referendum?
Nonetheless, the statement is a pleasant surprise. Better late than never.