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Not since the time of Henry VIII has the Church been faced with direct confrontation by the Government calling into question its behaviour, its attitudes towards its ministers and its congregations, and its disregard for the law, while Parliament considers the setting up of an independent body to which those who feel aggrieved by the Church can turn for support. That, however, is exactly what a petition being presented to the House of Commons in March is proposing.

The illegal and immoral activities of key members of the Methodist Church have come to light as a result of a complaint being pursued by a training lay preacher and candidating URC Minister who was herself threatened with legal action by her local Methodist Minister.

Mrs Patricia Davies of Great Wakering, Essex, a clinical depressive harbouring extreme debilitating symptoms, including thoughts of suicide, turned to her Minister for guidance and support, but her cries for help were...

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