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Quotes of the week

17 November 2023


I believe Palestinians should learn the Israeli history, alongside their own, without diminishing their own, and vice versa. And that is how you will start to bridge that understanding

Layla Moran MP, interview, The Daily Telegraph, 11 November


The relentless bombardment of hospitals and civilians in Gaza is intolerable. It’s against international humanitarian law — it must stop and stop now. The misuse of hospitals by Hamas does not justify attacks by Israel. Two wrongs don’t make a right

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, X/Twitter, 11 November


The burden of office seems to be weighing heavily on Welby. In recent meetings he has appeared tired and short tempered. Surely it is time for him to step aside and allow someone with a new vision, who can embrace a new chapter led by a new supreme governor and so help shape an institution that can regain the trust and respect of the nation it is there to serve

Jayne Ozanne, General Synod member and campaigner, The Times, 10 November


The Anglican tradition respects conscience, especially when it comes to taking up arms. It embraces both pacifists and the military as this weekend’s Remembrance commemorations proved. If we can recognise conscience when it comes to the taking of life, perhaps we could also acknowledge the role of conscience when it comes to how and whom we love

James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, letter, The Times, 14 November


As an occasional junior speechwriter to Sir Alec [Douglas-Home, former Prime Minister who served as Foreign Secretary in the Heath government], I admired his charm, his integrity, his long experience and his sure diplomatic touch in difficult foreign capitals. Cameron will surely bring many of the same qualities to his new role

Jonathan Aitken, priest and former Cabinet minister, letter, The Times, 14 November


The Bishop of Newcastle is the only Lord Spiritual who literally wears the colours of their local football team but, somewhat controversially perhaps, our lanyard colours of red and white speak to the sporting colours of the city I grew up in, Sunderland

Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Newcastle, maiden speech, House of Lords, 14 November


OK, hypothetical: can a Lord Spiritual be appointed to Cabinet? Because I quite fancy [Nick Baines], Bishop of Leeds, for the Home Office

Richard Coles, X/Twitter, 13 November

I’m a bit busy

Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, X/Twitter, 13 November


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