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Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK

World: Europe

Church of England accused of racism

Here in Britain A black bishop has accused the Church of England of institutional racism.

The Bishop of Stepney, the Right Reverend John Sentamu, said the Church maintained a white educated elite at its core which did not reflect the make-up of the congregation.

He said it was unacceptable that there were only two black bishops and about 200 clergy from ethnic minority backgrounds in the Church of England.

The head of the church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Doctor George Carey, said attempts were being made to address the issue of racism but acknowledged more work needed to be done.

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