El polémico Arzobispo de Canterbury ha dicho que "no sería en absoluto el fin del mundo si la Iglesia Anglicana se desestatalizara por completo" y que hay "cierta integridad" en una Iglesia libre de la sanción estatal. El Financial Times recoge su opinión en un editorial que hace referencia al papel que puede jugar la empresarialidad en la revilitazión de esta institución religiosa.
[L]ess noticed in the Anglican prelate’s comments were his views on disestablishment – breaking the link between the Church of England and the state. As befitting a Welsh former archbishop of Wales – where “the last vestiges of state sanction disappeared” – he told the New Statesman and BBC that he could see the case for, and the “integrity” of, disestablishment.
Embedded in that view may be a subtly more benign take on markets. In contrast to Wales and its impressive tradition of church attendance, the pews of England are almost empty, its echoing churches struggling. Cross the Atlantic to the US, which constitutionally proscribes an established church, and the fierce, entrepreneurial jostle for market share of myriad denominations has made America a republic of churchgoers and religiosity.
The conclusion is clear: state ownership and protectionism have led to underperformance and a suboptimal outcome for the Church of England. Let competition rule.