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Quotes of the Week

21 April 2023


How many more reports are necessary to correct this wrong?

Rosemarie Mallett, Bishop of Croydon, Twitter, on a Human Rights Watch report on the Windrush scandal, 17 April

Before 29 I hadn’t even heard of a Saturn Return as a concept. Let’s just say that now I am well acquainted. . . . Thank you to the witches in my coven who were so pivotal in helping me arrive at where and who I am now

Emma Watson, actor, Instagram self-reflection, after her 33rd birthday the previous day, 16 April

It’s like walking into a cathedral, a big religious space

Libby Jackson, Radio 3’s Private Passions, on entering European Mission Control for the Inter­national Space Station, 16 April

We were once told the Bible is very clear, the earth is flat, slavery is legit­imate, leadership is male, divorce equals exclusion, the earth is only 6000 yrs old etc. Now those im­­mature readings of scripture have been dumped. So why do some still use it to exclude LGBT+ people?

Steve Chalke, Twitter, 14 April

What many people are struggling with is that some bishops appear to be arguing against the doctrine of the church that they themselves took public oaths to uphold

Ian Paul, letter to The Guardian, on blessing of same-sex couples, 17 April

In the past, Fry has described herself as “very working class”. Her father made hydraulic lifts for lorries, while her mother pushed her interest in numbers. “She wasn’t pushing me to make me something. She was push­­ing me because she’s Catholic, and life is pain”

Rebecca Nicholson, interview with Hannah Fry, maths professor, The Guardian, 17 April

The idea that local authorities should be empowered to take over churches for community use has a fatal flaw. Like the C of E’s parish­­ioners, councils have no money to look after listed buildings that are expensive to maintain, impossible to heat and difficult to subdivide, while maintaining the heritage interest

Steve Parish, letter to The Guardian, on Simon Jenkins’s article suggesting that local authorities should step in to fund churches, 14 April


Quite clearly, the universal credit level in recent years has not been sufficient to meet the cost of es­­sen­tials. I would be grateful if the Min­ister could clarify what the Govern­ment now include as “essentials” to make sure that people can survive adequately on universal credit, without accessing foodbanks or starving.

Baroness Meacher, House of Lords, 18 April

From the days when people did prin­­cipled things, even if under pres­­sure. I’m reminded of more genuinely honourable decisions, like Lord Carrington’s resignation over the Falklands. Why did it be­­come foolish to do the right thing?

Paul Bayes, a former Bishop of Liverpool, Twitter, responding to a post by Michael Beschloss “Justice Abe Fortas forced to quit Supreme Court, 1969, over his secret financial relationship with rich friend”, 14 April

Those who huff and puff about a buccaneering nation and who shout abo­­ut our sovereignty are remem­­ber­­ing these “glory days” when we had weight to throw around, and threw it. And now we’re a small na­­tion of the second rank that needs to listen & build partnerships. Thank goodness

Paul Bayes, responding to Europe Maps & Facts post, “Only 22 countries have never been invaded by Britain”, 15 April

Because Britain’s monarch is not only titular head of state, but also supreme governor of the Church of England, which comes from that business of being Defender of the Faith. If the nation’s Christian faith is simply one among many (and none, as it were), then what are we doing exactly by crowning him as such? As King, you can’t have your multi-faith coronation cake and eat it

George Pitcher, author and priest, blog article, 13 April

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