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Dr Stott remembered by a non-Evangelical

10 August 2011

From Canon Philip Cousins


Sir, — In your otherwise excellent coverage of the life and ministry of the the Revd John Stott (News, Comment, Books, and Gazette, 5 August), I looked in vain for some reference to his relations with, or attitude to, those on the more Catholic wing of the C of E.

In fact, I hoped that the word “unity” in the Revd Dr Chris Wright’s article (Comment) might have had a broader reference than the intra-Evangelical unity on which he actually concentrated.

Coming as I do from the Catholic stable, I would like to offer a tiny vignette of Dr Stott which might be of interest. I met him just once, in Cairo some 25 years ago, and being not of his persuasion but aware of his reputation, I was a little apprehensive. He addressed me by my Christian name, and in the ensuing conversation was utterly charming. I was hugely impressed by his graciousness, and could see at once what a fine Christian man he was.

That brief encounter lives in my memory; and so I wish to add my small tribute to a truly great leader of our Church.

17 Chalfonts
York YO24 1EX

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