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Quotes of the week

15 July 2022


Inflation is the enemy of ambition

John Spence, chair of the Archbishops’ Council’s finance committee, General Synod, 11 July

It might sound a bit strange, but I was listening to the sermon by this amazing man, Reverend Les Isaac — you know, he started Street Pastors. I was listening to him talking about the importance of integrity in public life and, just focusing on that, I made up my mind. I went straight back to my office and drafted the resignation letter and went to see the Prime Minister later in the day

Sajid Javid MP, Sunday Morning, BBC, 10 July

Interesting reading the various resignation letters over the past few days & see words like integrity, truth, conscience, humility and respect re-enter our political and moral vocabulary. Hope it stays that way

Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, Twitter, 8 July

In particular, the challenge to us as nation . . . is to find role models for boys, in particular, to help them grow and become mature and responsible citizens

Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, House of Lords, 11 July

Music is not only an economic asset. I would argue that when our choirs tour Europe and beyond, they are singing not only psalms but British values. Diverse voices raised in harmony are a powerful symbol of what our nation, at its best, stands for

David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, arguing for a simplified visa process for musicians travelling to and from the EU, House of Lords, 7 July

I spoke to two bishops in the House of Lords who called me for a meeting, told me they’d go away and look into his background. And obviously, there would probably be other cases. Didn’t hear a word back. Nothing

Nadine Dorries, Culture Secretary, accusing the Church of inaction after reporting a case of historic sex abuse by a cleric, Times Radio, 8 July

A lot of dioceses have appointed suffragan — assistant — bishops who are women, and I wonder if there is an [attitude of]: “we don’t need another one”

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, on the lack of women diocesan bishops, The House, 11 July

We have absolutely failed on fracking and shale gas

Priti Patel, Home Secretary, telling the ERG that she would ignore environmental objections, 11 July

I’m annoyed to see a large poster at the bus stop advertising Franklin Graham’s preaching tour as “a message of hope”. Christians who brand the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims as followers of an “evil and very wicked religion” bring us no hope at all

James Walters, director of LSE Faith Centre, Twitter, 12 July

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