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Quotes of the week

06 November 2020

So the Coronavirus legislation allows “commemorative events celebrating the life of someone who has died” to take place in church buildings. Does this include the Eucharist? Or does the Resurrection rule it out?

Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, Twitter


The sacramental life of the Church cannot be seen as an optional extra. Nor can we separate out our worship from our service, it is always both and not either or

Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and Bishop of London, ad clerum


Common worship is constitutive of our identity, and essential for our self-understanding. Without the worshipping community, our social action and support cannot be energised and sustained indefinitely

Faith leaders’ letter to the Government


Prayer changes things. It changes things by inviting God into the room

Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York


Don’t put your faith in princes (or politicians). If I complain that government is soulless or that a politician is making me unhappy — which I personally have done many times — I am saying that I think government should have a soul or that politicians can and should bring me happiness. This is naïve at best

Arthur Brooks, The Atlantic


For there is no truth in their mouth, in their heart is destruction, their throat is an open sepulchre, and they flatter with their tongue

Psalm 5.9, from the psalm appointed for Morning Prayer, 3 November


There are activities that the Government likes churches doing: operating foodbanks, creating credit unions, looking after the homeless. But this good work does not come out of nowhere. It comes bubbling up from the worship that we share together

Marcus Walker, The Spectator


Calvin’s attitude to sin is irresistibly reminiscent of SAGE’s approach to the virus. No banquets with more than 20 guests. All taverns to have a Bible on hand so that those visiting them might cleanse themselves. A curfew at nine o’clock, and careful tracking of all visitors

Tom Holland, The Sunday Times


It is an incongruence to speak of homosexual marriage

Pope Francis, phrase cut from interview in which he appeared to endorse same-sex civil unions, according to a note of clarification issued by the Vatican


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