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Quotes of the week

15 March 2024


£100m is a heck of a lot of money, but we also recognise that it is not a lot when you consider the harm done [by slavery]. How do you put a price on that?

Rosemarie Mallett, Bishop of Croydon, The Guardian, 11 March


I listened to my mother again and, still frightened of showing too much emotion, managed to say: “I forgive.” It was a moment of great peace. Then, just before she died — with Pete, my wife Caroline and myself kneeling and praying by her bed — she said: “I shall see God.” I felt her sense of certainty

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Sunday Times, 10 March


As a child I wanted a religion. . . I wanted the strong hand of God to put a hand on my childish shoulders to say, “Your father is with me. He’s having fun. You’ll see him in 60 years. . .” But that didn’t happen. And so as a ten-year-old I fled from the church and moved down to the river and spent my childhood propelled into nature

Cate Blanchett, actress, interview, The Sunday Times, 10 March


You can be a practising Hindu and a proud Briton, as I am. Or a devout Muslim and a patriotic citizen, as so many are. Or a committed Jewish person and the heart of your local community — all underpinned by the tolerance of our Established Christian Church

Rishi Sunak, Downing Street speech, 1 March


I love the Church in many ways. I’m a former priest. But it is profoundly depressing that the Church of England still can’t get its act together over [gay relationships]. At the moment, it feels like even the Pope is going to get there first. I think, one day, people will look back on this period of our history and ask: “How could the Church be so slow to recognise that it’s OK for people to love one another?”

Chris Bryant, Labour MP, interview, The Observer, 3 March



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