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Quotes of the week

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16 June 2023

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The Christian politician should be distinguished by the seriousness with which issues are faced, rejecting opportunistic solutions and always holding firm to the criteria of the dignity of the person and the common good

Pope Francis, message to Manfred Weber, President of the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament, 9 June

 

I do think there is a fear which characterises right now any discussions about faith. I do think people of faith are a minority, and certainly my experience is they are, by and large, fearful. So, they either feel like they have to hide their faith or adapt it, and that is a cause for concern

Kate Forbes, former SNP leadership candidate, interview, BBC News, 12 June

 

If you have people who are genuinely fulfilled, and they can be fulfilled at home and not feel like they have to leave who they are at the front door when they come into work, you end up with happier people, you end up with people who can think beyond the day job, who can care for themselves, care for their families, and care for others around them as well. And I think that adds a layer of productivity into an organisation that you absolutely just cannot measure

Shirine Khoury-Haq, chief executive of the Co-op, in conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Archbishop Interviews, Radio 4, 11 June

 

I have a very strong faith in God, but I do feel that much of religion is man-made, and it’s open to interpretation and some fiction. However, the one thing that I’ve found very beneficial about religion is the ritual. So, when something terrible happens, like you lose somebody, the ritual is there, you have something that you’re able to plug into

Ibid.

 

There is something important about entering into a public commitment and knowing that in doing that you are also given the support of family, friends and, for us, the Church

Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, on entering into a civil partnership after 36 years with his partner, blog, 4 June

 

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