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Quotes of the Week

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20 November 2020

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A treaty the UK should sign. And, just in case that’s no longer seen as the same, keep
David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, on the UN anti-nuclear treaty, 16 November



How can the Government ask Her Majesty the Queen effectively to give Royal Assent to the accept­ability of breaking laws to which we have agreed?
Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, Lords debate on the Internal Market Bill, 10 November



Two antagonistic and apparently irreconcilable ideological camps, armed with different information gleaned from different sources and caffeinated by social media, have constructed entirely different understandings of everything from the climate crisis to coronavirus
Gary Younge on US politics, The Guardian, 17 November



Hoping to have faithfully inter­preted the venerated instructions imparted to me. . . With the deepest respect towards Your Holiness, I remain most devoted and most obliged, +Angelo, Cardinal Sodano
Post Scriptum — Obviously, I would change certain expressions in the letter, mitigating it or rein­forcing it, as Your Holiness desires

Cardinal Sodano to Pope John Paul II, reproduced in the McCarrick report. The draft letter suggested an inves­tiga­tion into Archbishop McCarrick’s suitability for higher office, given what was already known about his abuse of seminarians. The eventual letter instructed that any information about McCarrick be referred directly to the Pope, “without need to submit the various proposals to the Congrega­tion’s Plenary Session for examination”



Now here is the biggest howling silence in the whole text of LLF [Living in Love and Faith]. Nowhere would its readership learn that the Early Church, such a touchstone for LLF’s discussion, never associated marriage with any ceremony celeb­rated in church. There was no such thing as a church wedding in the Western Church until the tenth or eleventh centuries.
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Modern Church blog, 16 November



I mustn’t speak ill of Arsenal. I do believe in bringing people together, and in Christ there is no Spurs or Arsenal. Believe it or not, we are one
Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York and Tottenham Hotspur fan, BBC Radio 5



The service began with Parry’s “Jeru­salem”, an English rugby anthem
BBC report on Matt Ratana funeral, 4 November



On the political left there is an ideal of the perfectibility of people. On the political right there is an ideal of the perfectibility of markets. Christians are sceptical of both in this world. The market is not the enemy, but neither is it the sole solution
Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Ken­­sing­ton, quoted on Twitter, 15 November

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