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Quotes of the week

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09 October 2020

A new column that gathers striking sayings and writings from the past few days. Readers’ contributions welcome

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In the context of child sexual abuse, the Church’s neglect of the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of children and young people in favour of protecting its reputation was in conflict with its mission of love and care for the innocent and the vulnerable

IICSA report on the Anglican Church

 

The report published today is a stark and shocking reminder of how so many times we have failed — and continue to fail — survivors. Apologies are vital, but they are not enough. We have to listen. We have to learn. And we have to act

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

 

If every human being possesses an inalienable dignity, if all people are my brothers and sisters, and if the world truly belongs to everyone, then it matters little whether my neighbour was born in my country or elsewhere

Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti

 

Those who work for tranquil social coexistence should never forget that inequality and lack of integral human development make peace impossible

Pope Francis, ibid

 

Don’t be afraid of a virus that has killed a million people worldwide says man with best medical care in the world

The Revd Dr James Walters, Chaplain, London School of Economics

 

In awe of the work our clergy have done over the past months, adapting to a new world, keeping people connected, offering hope. Clap for Carers was good. Reckon we should have a Clap for Clergy?

Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin

 

This building is part of what we are in Thornaby — it’s a historic monument and if we let that fall into disrepair for £3000 we’d be slaughtered for it. All I’m concerned about is that building there is of such importance to Thornaby, and we get a lot of mileage out of it. If Impetus is putting £30,000 into it, I’m not bothered where it’s coming from — it could come from Satan as far as I’m concerned

Cllr Steve Walmsley arguing for a council contribution to the repair of St Peter’s Church, quoted on Teesside Live

 

Every war has two losers

William Stafford, US poet (1914-1993), quoted on Radio 4 Extra

 

These are very short conceptions!

Jeremy Paxman, after both University Challenge teams dated the Annunciation in December

 

We invite readers’ contributions to this new column. Quotations have to be from the past few days (or quoted therein), and we need author, source, and date. Please send promptly to quotes@churchtimes.co.uk

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