An analysis of the UK’s top 10 biggest churches, published in Al Jazeera’s Global Religion Index, reveals the number of churches that have been deemed by the World Council of Churches to be the worst places in the country.
Read more:The UK’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Churches in the World (GRIW) is an annual ranking of the most dangerous places in Britain based on the number and severity of crimes committed against worshippers in each congregation.
It also includes the number, frequency and severity for each of the following offences: assault, battery, criminal damage, assault, theft and criminal damage to property.
The GRIW’s 2017 report found that the number one worst church in Britain was St Paul’s Cathedral, where more than 300 worshippers died between 2013 and 2016.
The worst church on the list is St Pauls Cathedral in Manchester, where at least 500 worshippers were murdered in the early 1990s.
The most dangerous church in England and Wales was St Andrew’s Church in London, which was found to have committed over 600 assaults on worshippers between 2015 and 2017.
It is also the worst church with a reported rate of more than 6,000 assaults per year.
In a statement, the British Association of Christian Schools and Colleges (BAACS) said it was “extremely disappointed” that St Andrews Cathedral had been named the UK church of the year, while the Archbishop of Canterbury has also described the church as “one of the worst”.
“While our churches are safe, it is a fact of life in our society that those with the most powerful, violent and violent ideologies are able to find sanctuary in our churches,” the statement said.
“The most common way that churches are used by people who hate others and their values is for them to use our churches as a place of worship.”
In the past two years alone, St Andrew of Assisi’s church in Oxford, which has been the UK Church of the Year for two consecutive years, has seen a number of attacks on worshipper by people claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ, including a murder and attempted murder of two women.
“The BACS said the Bishops of St Paul and St Andrew should take responsibility for the situation and be fully engaged in the fight against violence and hate.”
This is a very disappointing outcome, given that the bishops have long been committed to the safety of their congregations and their congregants, and have worked tirelessly to make sure that we are a safe and secure environment,” the BACs said.”
We hope that the Archbishop will now work with the BACP to establish a new organisation to tackle the root causes of violence against people in churches and other religious spaces.
“This is unacceptable, and it needs to stop.”