by Victoria Ward
from The Telegraph
In a timely address to leaders of Britain’s nine main religions at Lambeth Palace, London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, she highlighted the importance of faith in society and the “critical guidance” it offered in life.
“The concept of our established Church is occasionally misunderstood and, I believe, commonly under-appreciated,” she said.
“Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country.”
The monarch, speaking at the first public event to mark her Diamond Jubilee, said that Church was “woven into the fabric of this country” and had helped to build a better society.
It has “created an environment for other faith communities and indeed people of no faith to live freely”, she added.