- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2017

A British grocery chain has apologized for a beer and wine advertisement that offended some Christian customers ahead of Good Friday, the day marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Tesco made the apology for a store advertisement that read “Good Friday just got better,” the Independent newspaper reported Thursday.

“We will not publish it again,” a Tesco spokesperson told The Independent, saying there was never any “intention to offend” patrons.

But even as the grocer apologizes for causing offense, it seems there’s fewer Brits likely to have been offended in the first place.

Religious observance among most Britons has waned markedly since 1980, according to a faith survey published online, with Anglican churches in England having half as many worshipers in the pews in 2015 as in 1980. Catholic parishes, meanwhile, saw a 70 percent decline in the same time period. 

Among baptized members of the state church, the Church of England, a full 73 percent say they never or infrequently attend worship services. The same holds true of 60 percent of British Catholics, according to the survey.

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