Maundy money reporting goes awry at the Beeb.

Once again, the BBC has equated the UK with England….

To mark her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen handed out money to people from all of the UK’s 44 Christian dioceses. – BBC News

I think that this should read,

from all of the Church of England’s 44 dioceses.

There are many more dioceses in the whole of the UK, listing only the Anglican ones you get 19 more:

Church of Ireland (Dioceses with territory in N. Ireland)
Armagh
Clogher
Connor
Derry
Down & Dromore
Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh

Scottish Episcopal Church
Aberdeen & Orkney
Argyll & the Isles
Brechin
Edinburgh
Glasgow & Galloway
Moray, Ross & Caithness
St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane

The Church in Wales
Bangor
Llandaff
Monmouth
St Asaph
St Davids
Swansea & Brecon

So perhaps the article should read,

To mark her Diamond Jubilee, The Queen handed out money to people from all of the UK’s 63 Anglican dioceses.

And all of this is before we get on to the Dioceses of the Catholic Church: England & Wales (22); Scotland (8) and N. Ireland (6) making another 36… and this is before we start to examine the many differing parts of the Orthodox Churches in the UK.

It really is about time that the BBC learnt the difference between the various parts of the United Kingdom. It is also about time that the BBC took some care about how it reports matters of faith.

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