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Quotes of the week

10 June 2022


It seems to me that HM the Queen and the Royal Family, in just four days, have picked up where the Govt has repeatedly failed and have strengthened and given us a renewed vision for our fragile Union. I hope we can now build on this
Bev Mason, Bishop of Warrington, Twitter, 5 June

What a great country, what an amazing reign!
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Twitter, 5 June

Is there such thing as a cake-hangover?
Ruth Bushyager, Bishop of Horsham, Twitter, 6 June

I wonder how Paddington will get on in Rwanda? #migrant #unwelcome
Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, Twitter, 4 June

This policy is both breaking our historic welcome as a nation and fraught with so many problems here in the UK over treatment, who is to be deported . . . it needs to stop before it starts
Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, Twitter, 8 June

In Christian thought, we have the concept of just war theory. . . But we have no equivalent “just peace” theory. We accept that peace doesn’t need justification; we all know inherently that peace is good. The result is we think hard about how to fight, but not about often how to build alternatives to fighting
Justin Welby, The Guardian, 6 June

In a divided world, Christians need to be one family. That does not mean we all have to be the same. The Anglican Communion alone is vastly diverse. It contains within it a multitude of difference and disagreement. It’s how we handle those differences that marks us out as different, that makes us known as the Church of God, and makes Jesus known as the redeemer of the world
Justin Welby, Premier Christianity, 7 June

I’m an atheist, but a Christian atheist; an agnostic about royalty, but an Elizabethist agnostic, and ready to become a Carlist one. Charles’s ability to inherit the delicate balance between mystery and familiarity will matter tremendously. We’re at present achingly short of things to unite us British. Let’s hope that years hence, no Times columnist will ever be able to write that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 was the last time the nation came together in a simple, happy and glorious sense of togetherness. After a lifetime’s doubt, I can see now that we need her; and when she is gone, we shall need her son
Matthew Parris, The Times, 4 June

It was really important at all stages that everyone stuck to the rules. . . it’s very disappointing that that wasn’t the case
Patrick Vallance, Government’s chief scientific adviser, on Partygate, ITV News, Twitter, 7 June

Ten years later. . . I’m calling on Govt to ratify the #IstanbulConvention without reservations to protect ALL women from violence. They must not cut off migrant women from this lifeline
Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, Twitter, 8 June

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