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Quotes of the week

10 December 2021


There was no Christmas party. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia

Pete Broadbent, former Bishop of Willesden, Twitter, 8 December


Excellent news about Archie Coates becoming Vicar of @HTBChurch — an outstanding priest and leader. Wouldn’t it be great to have similarly joined up succession strategies for our estates churches?

Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, Twitter, 6 December


One of my biggest learning curves in life was realising that most of the people who talk eloquently, even passionately about equality have no concept of justice

Jarel Robinson-Brown, assistant curate of St Botolph-without-Aldgate, Twitter, 7 December


If the songs [Christmas carols] are played continuously through the media, it turns into a deadly weapon and is nothing more than pollution

Protest by the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders against government financial support for carol-singing, The Daily Telegraph, 4 November


I think that for those that are afraid [of the vaccine] the only emotion of human beings that is stronger than fear is love. So I am using always this argument, that the decision to get or not a vaccine is not going to influence only your health: it is going to affect the health of others, and particularly the health of the people you love the most

Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, countering the tactics of anti-vaxxers, BBC interview, 3 December


We are increasingly forgetting how to learn. We assume that knowledge can be distilled and communicated and transferred just like that . . . a tick-box approach which is found in clergy training

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph, interview, 28 November


I felt unbelievably fortunate to have a parish priest as a teenager who just embodied this confidence — unfussy, intellectually sharp and a deeply contemplative identity that gave the message, “Alright, there’s a bit of surface tension, but don’t panic”



I knew when I became Archbishop that I wasn’t a temperamentally decisive person (I can hear some of your readers muttering, “Understatement of the year”) and that other people might well have brought more direction and clearer leadership



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