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Speaking of Divine Protection

My last post was about Divine Protection. And then I read this choice bit of news:

A British Christian group has warned Catholic and Anglican clergy should remove their clerical collars when off-duty so that they will not be singled-out for attack.

National Churchwatch, established in 1998 to advise churches and church workers on security and protection, has said that criminals often target clergymen because they believe they will have money.

Nick Tolson, head of National Churchwatch, has had experience working in the police force and as a Verger in Wells Cathedral. He said that the ‘dog-collars’ also can attract those who hold a “grudge against God”.

He said, “They've got to be aware that when they're on their own, they're at high risk. What we're saying is that when clergy are off duty say when they're shopping at (the supermarket) they should slip off the dog collar and put it in their pocket.”

In 2001, a study by the University of London found that 70 per cent of clergy had experienced some form of violence against them over the two year period between 1997 and 1999, Tolson says.

Even more alarming, more than 10 per cent of clergy had been assaulted.

Read the rest here.