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Quotes of the week

14 July 2023


I used to say that our chaplain was probably the best-known person in the Met, with the possible exception of the Commissioner, and really, really trusted across the organisation

Cressida Dick, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, The Archbishop Interviews, BBC Radio 4, 9 July

Archbishop of York makes mild comments about some people finding the language of “father” difficult, and is attacked by the Daily Mail & assorted sexists. Christianity doesn’t belong to the political Right; we mustn’t let them determine what Christians can discuss

Symon Hill, Twitter, 8 July


Am fairly confident synod is now quorate at the McDonald’s drive through just to the west of York on the A64

Barry Hill, Twitter, 11 July


I have to say it hasn’t always been easy in the House of Bishops or College of Bishops to talk about sex, you know, and it wasn’t minuted how we did it

Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, General Synod, 8 July


If a couple can afford a lavish wedding these fees are irrelevant. But for those on a very low income these fees are significant. Hence it is unbelievable that the Church, theoretically a supporter of marriage, should actively exacerbate the problem by charging for its services

Paul Coleridge, chairman of the Marriage Foundation, Letter, The Times, 8 July


Please spare a thought for the humble organist. Their small fee for a skill that has taken them thousands of hours of work since childhood may be what is keeping them afloat and allowing them to make their rent payments.

Rachel Turner, Letter, The Times, 11 July


Why anyone would want to be married in a theme park or swimming pool by the first gin-swilling Elvis impersonator who comes along is incomprehensible to one who moved heaven and earth to be married, back in 2010, at St Bride’s in Fleet Street. As a Jew, I am occasionally asked why I chose St Bride’s. And my answer is always the same: “Because Christopher Wren didn’t do synagogues”

Giles Coren, The Times, 11 July


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