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Quotes of the week

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04 December 2020

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There is a moral inconsistency, whereby we have rightly taken a stand on outlawing cluster bombs and landmines, but not outlawing nuclear weapons, which, as we know, are far more destructive when they are used

Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, House of Lords, 25 November

 

Every officeholder in a cathedral needs to be aware that they can be moved from their home at the whim of the Chapter

Paul Benfield, General Synod cathedrals debate, 24 November

 

We are looking for more collegiality and less deference among bishops

Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, national clergy register debate, 25 November

 

The key performance indicator will be the number of feet we wash, not the numbers attending our services, though we hope by faith both will grow

Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, Vision and Strategy debate, 24 November

 

If you help a woman in the criminal justice system, you help everyone

Lucy from the campaign group Reclaim Holloway, Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, 25 November

 

Am I alone in wondering that if we clergy could just be a bit more sensitive, a bit gentler, a bit kinder to each other, instead of piling in with judgment in public when a grievance or difference of opinion is spotted, it might make a difference to our mental well-being?

Gareth Jones

Gareth, as ever, you are absolutely right. But of course the only way to achieve this is to begin with ourselves. Which is what I’m trying to do today. And tomorrow. And in all the tomorrows God gives me. Let us endeavour to be a more Christlike Church.

Stephen Cottrell, exchange on Twitter between the Vicar of St Mary’s, Ilford, and the Archbishop of York, 26/27 November

 

Afternoon filing and found the piece of paper I wrote the word “Zoom” on in mid-March. I tend to circle things I don’t understand, usually obscure theological terms, to remind me to Google them later

Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, Twitter, 29 November

 

I’m privileged, but only because that was God’s will. God made me play well. He gave me the ability at birth. That’s why I make the sign of the cross every time I enter the pitch. If I didn’t do it I’d be betraying him

Diego Maradona, who died last week, aged 60

 

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