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Quotes of the week

16 July 2021


I have been in this House for nearly a quarter of a century. During that time I have never voted against a three-line whip. As Prime Minister, I suffered at the hands of rebels. . . [But] we made a promise to the poorest people in the world. The Government has broken that promise. This motion means that promise may be broken for years to come. With deep regret, I will vote against that motion today

Theresa May, in a failed Commons attempt to overturn the Government’s £4-billion cut in international aid, 13 July


Theology matters. Yes, we need priests who can lead well, embracing diversity, navigating change wisely, and setting a healthy safeguarding culture; yes, we need priests who can see missional potential in the familiar and the new; yes, we need priests who know themselves well, and can handle power with wisdom and accountability. . . But what we most deeply need are priests who know God well

Philip Plyming, Warden, Cranmer Hall Theological College, in Synod debate about the funding of training, 10 July


What we are experiencing in terms of a shortfall, a serious shortfall, in most of our dioceses is not just about finance. I want to underline that what we are seeing actually reflects a spiritual crisis

Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, General Synod budget debate, 10 July


There seems to be a disconnect: when people talk about renewal, growth, mission, they don’t understand that being an inclusive Church, where all ethnic groups, all global-majority people feel welcomed and affirmed, is absolutely core and strategic. There’s a massive opportunity for us. We’ve got to get outside our self-created, cosy circle of serving posh white people, and serve the whole country

Brunel James, Vicar of Cleckheaton, Bradford, General Synod, 10 July


Your handwriting won’t be missed

Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, paying a warm tribute in Synod to the outgoing Bishop at Lambeth, Tim Thornton, 13 July


Just say we won

Rudi Guiliani, advice to Donald Trump on election night, 3/4 November 2020, quoted in I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s catastrophic final year, mentioned in The Guardian, 13 July


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