The Archbishop of Canterbury has the right to intervene on the plan of migrants in Rwanda, says chief rabbi
The Chief Rabbi has backed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s right to intervene over the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Ephraim Mirvis waded into the debate over religious leaders’ comments on matters of state. He said it was imperative for “religious leaders to set a moral tone in our society”, adding that ministers “should listen carefully to what experts in the field are saying” about Rwanda’s controversial project.
Last month, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, signed a memorandum with Rwanda agreeing to send refugees who arrive illegally in the UK to East Africa.
The policy drew criticism from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Justin Welby, who used his Easter sermon to slam Downing Street and say that not only was the policy ‘the opposite of the nature of God “, but also that it raised” serious problems “. ethical issues”.
The comments prompted the Prime Minister and Ms Patel to appear to accuse the Archbishop of not ‘understanding’ the policy and of ‘misinterpreting’ it, while other Tory MPs said the church should not not meddle in affairs of state. The head of the Church of England hit back again, saying the institution is not a ‘passive observer of migration policy’.
However, in an extensive interview with The Telegraph while visiting Ukrainian refugees supported by World Jewish Relief in Krakow, Poland last week, the chief rabbi backed the archbishop’s claim that leaders clerics should be able to comment on the impact of government policies. .