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Quotes of the week

26 March 2021


The Review evidences that a person who possesses positive characteristics, and is widely highly regarded, could nonetheless display entirely inappropriate, abusive, and harmful behaviours which render them unfit for their office

Independent Lessons Learned Review Concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, 23 March


It was made clear by some participants that there was a significant amount of spiritual abuse and bullying especially in staff meetings, prayer meetings and Bible studies, and that this happened over many years. . . For those who had been to public school there was nothing unusual in this method of behaving



It is our view that until this culture of fear is convincingly denounced and eradicated from our circles, conservative Evangelicals can have very little credibility when we claim to represent Christ to a watching world

External members of the Fletcher Review Independent Advisory Group, 23 March


Replacing a culture of fear, control and abuse with a culture of suspicion, anarchy and accusation would be a victory for no-one but Satan. Christian leadership is a blessing without which the Church will fail. . . As a counterfeit minister, Jonathan Fletcher did what all counterfeits do: debase the genuine



Life could become difficult for some people who raised complaints or grievances

Visitation report on Sheffield Cathedral, 19 March


There is no better way to show our deep gratitude for the gifts of science and medicine than making sure vulnerable people around the world are also given a shot

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, commending the VaccinAid campaign, 22 March


We are going to spend more money on more bombs. This is inexplicable, illogical, immoral, legally unjustifiable and flies in the face of several uncomfortable facts

Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, condemning the proposed increase in nuclear warheads, 18 March


Why no possibility for people to identify as “volunteer”? What are we saying about what is counted?

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, on the UK Census questions


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