The Church of England has suspended a senior member of staff in its Media Centre, after they published the results of a survey commissioned by the Church itself, showing that many still believe in the power of prayer. However, the staff member released the findings before church leaders had the chance to put some much needed ecclesiastical spin on the data.
In the un-censored report, figures showed that whilst a staggering 85% of the population admitted resorting to prayer, the breakdown of reasons for praying was less welcome, with 43% of those surveyed praying for a lottery win, 22% for a painful death for their boss and 11% for a parking space.
Adding further to the Church’s blushes, another 12% cited seeking help in 'Getting off' with someone they fancied, 11% for the presenters of ITV’s ‘Loose Women’ to be wiped out by an asteroid strike and 1% for a Tory victory in the next election.
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