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Robert Mackley: In a dyed-in-the-wool Anglo-Catholic parish, it turns out that even the criminals are High Church

Diary: Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary: Our priority must be to do all we can to make sure that churches are safe places for all, especially for those who are most vulnerable. But the necessary checks, and the barring of access to anyone who might possibly present a risk, come at a huge cost to the mission of the Church

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Diary: I COUNT Leopold Hampel my best friend, I guess, since, were I planning to marry, I would ask him to be my best man. I was the groom's witness - Trauzeuge des Bräutigams - at his and Monika Sulm's wedding in Vienna in summer 1995, and our affection for one another seems never to have faded, though we meet infrequently.


John Pridmore: IN ONE respect, life in retirement has not changed since I was on the payroll of the Church of England. I no longer climb in and out of pulpits, but, defying the psalmist, I continue to "exercise myself in matters that are too high for me".

Wine: Six to be savoured

Christopher Fielden suggests some summer wines 


Serenhedd James discovers a battle of wills in a London parish


David Winter reflects on the centenary of the First World War


John Wall: I WENT to a beer festival a little while ago. Now I'm more of a G&T or Pinot Grigio type of cleric generally, but I loved it. I was there helping out on a stall for the Bevy, the pub/hub/café we've been trying to reopen in Moulsecoomb, closed some three years ago by the police because of drugs and violence.


Robert Mackley: BITTERSWEET is an over-used word. It is the only one that will do, however, to summarise my experience of the past two weeks or so.


Sister Rosemary: I HAVE been a churchgoer all my life, but I have recently experienced a form of liturgy previously unknown to me: a pet service. The Rector's two worries proved unfounded: the weather was fine, but not oppressively hot; so we could comfortably be outdoors; and no member of the congregation ate any other.


Jonathan Boardman: WHAT to serve the Archbishop of Canterbury for lunch? It is a question that calls to mind Lady Ramsey's complaint to Victor Stock after the publication of some of his memoirs: "Victor, how could you say it? I never served soup at luncheon."

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