Bishop calls for an end to debt as 2012 legacy
THE Catholic Bishop of Plymouth has called for the Government to tackle the debt of the world's poorest countries as a final act of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Bishop Christopher Budd has signed a joint statement from a number of faith leaders asking Prime Minister David Cameron to honour the Hebrew biblical tradition of canceling unpayable debt in the year of a Jubilee.
In his letter, he said: "A self-serving financial system has brought the global economy to its knees and we are now seeing the poorest people in our own society and around the world paying the price for this excess.
"We call on people in the UK to unite in support of this vision of Jubilee, and to make this cause a lasting legacy of 2012."
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Bishop Christopher, who celebrated his own jubilee of being ordained a priest for 50 years in 2012, is one of 381 signatories from a number of faiths including representatives from the Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian religions.
The signatories are asking for the canceling of debt, an end to harmful lending and a new progressive taxation.
They will be presenting the letter to David Cameron at a Parliament reception on February 5.