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Quotes of the week

03 November 2023


I post a picture of a cat and it gets 11,800 views. I post a picture of a church where we are looking for a new vicar and it gets 468 views. Note to self, search out cats to recruit to vacant parishes

Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, X/Twitter, 29 October


The fact that someone is Pope doesn’t mean they lose their humanity. On the contrary, my humanity grows each day with God’s holy and faithful people

Pope Francis, November video asking for prayers, released 1 November


It’s worth remembering that the algorithm here promotes the most extreme voices — not the most representative. Most people mourn all the civilians killed, condemn the terror attacks of Hamas & want civilians protected from the war. Our society isn’t as broken as our social media

Brenda Cox, campaigner, on the workings of X/Twitter, 30 October


Why did he do it? Raised in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Cresswell is the son of a doctor and a nurse who both had a strong Christian faith. “You have to live by your values,” he says. “And I don’t want a career that is based on helping fraudsters — I’d rather have a different career”

Jonathan Calvert, profile of Stephen Cresswell, one of the whistleblowers on the HS2 project, The Sunday Times, 29 October


He was never going to be contained by a mainstream institution, whether the Church of England or GB News. The logic of his career demands that he must adopt ever more outlandish positions in order to maintain a hold on the frenetic and fractured attention of the internet

James Marriott, profile of the Revd Calvin Robinson, Times Magazine, 28 October


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