I think it very unlikely that a Church of England bishop would tell a victim of bodily violence that their injuries were their own fault because they should have been stronger or tell a person suffering from a physical illness that it was their fault because they didn't have the immunity to the disease. Yet this is exactly the attitude of many bishops when it comes to the victims of mental abuse and those suffering from mental illness, especially when they happen to be priests, deacons or lay people in positions of responsibility.



  1. Unfortunately, in many places mental illness is still viewed as a character flaw; which I suppose is an improvement over viewing it as demonic possession, albeit not much of an improvement.

    • I’m not so sure. In the good old days the mad could always claim to have been rescued from demonic possession by an exorcist. Character flaws are for life, especially if, as in my case, your bishop writes books about Myers Biggs and that sort of mechanistic tosh.

    • Point well taken. Now that I think about it, based on recent events in the C of E, one would think madness to be an asset. Perhaps your problem is not a lack of sanity but an abundance of it.

  2. Your bishop writes books on Meyers-Briggs?? Good grief! Then he should jolly well know better than to judge someone according to that person’s personality and temperament traits. Meyers-Briggs teaches us, if anything, that we are NOT all alike and that the sorts of things people tend to criticize each other about are actually strengths in their own way and when harnessed skillfully.