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Gay wedding sets things buzzing

Gay wedding sets things buzzing

Press: WELL done, Jonathan Petre, who got the first clergy gay marriage in the Mail on Sunday, and managed to have it plunge the Church into a fresh crisis in his very first sentence.

Welby wasn’t shocking enough

Welby wasn’t shocking enough

Press: ARCHBISHOP WELBY's remarks on LBC on African massacres and gay marriage caused limited excitement. I think they were instructive none the less.

A cup, a split, a spat, and a Rat

A cup, a split, a spat, and a Rat

Press: I AM writing this on the morning of 1 April; so it took some time to work out that The Times was serious about its story asking whether the Holy Grail had turned up in a provincial museum in Northern Spain. 

Meanwhile, across the dividing line

Meanwhile, across the dividing line

Press: THIS is a week that could do with the appearance of Jesus. I mean one of those pareidolic stories in which a barmaid detects the face of Jesus in the swirling grain of a bar counter, or Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun. Almost all the real news is horrible to moderately depressing.

Mocking the pious freethinker

Mocking the pious freethinker

Press: POPE FRANCIS, as he would no doubt have wished, killed all discussion of the 20th anniversary of the first ordinations of women in Britain. In fact, there was practically nothing in the papers except for a few lazy rounds of shellfire over church schools. 

One year on, minus a few days

One year on, minus a few days

Press: I SUPPOSE we could have saved ourselves quite a lot of time by publishing all the "Pope Francis: one year on" pieces the moment he was elected. The weekend papers were full of anticipation of his anniversary, though it didn't fall until yesterday.

The Archbishop’s second pool

The Archbishop’s second pool

Press: THERE have been further developments in the case of Archbishop John Myers, whom the New York Times described last week as the "one-stop shop" for people who dislike the Roman Catholic hierarchy. 

Encouraging the victims of war

Encouraging the victims of war

Press: BEFORE we dive into the serious stuff, a marvellous quote from Jeremy Paxman, who was reviewing a book on journalism in The Guardian: "News is just some things that have happened, as chosen by some not-very-interesting people running newspapers and television. 

But he’s supposed to be reactionary

But he’s supposed to be reactionary

Andrew Brown suggests that the next time Archbishop Welby visits Sudan, if he wants his visit to make news, "he should make sure to take a selfie with corpses, and tell us which model of phone he used to do it"

While seated one day at the Synod

While seated one day at the Synod

Press: In the run-up to this week's General Synod, the only person in the press to find an angle on its proceedings was Ruth Gledhill at The Times, whose angle was either extremely acute or extremely obtuse. 

Willing cleric plays in The Sun

Willing cleric plays in The Sun

Press: THE SUN shone on English Christianity last week, and what it showed was not quite the way the Church sees itself. 

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RT @seatroutExtremely long profile of Justin Welby (I wrote 3,800 words) in the Guardian today http://t.co/kDvwJoa6hW Not all nonsense.