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Quotes of the week

22 March 2024


Only God can change this place, because from where I’m sitting I can’t see where any other change is coming from

Farah Oxima, internally displaced mother of nine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, quoted by Will Grant, BBC News, 19 March

Such a law [to permit assisted dying] would give to any unscrupulous relatives and overworked clinicians unprecedented power over highly dependent patients. It would change the culture of our state where, to universal dismay, some of its agencies have been found guilty of a patronising tendency to disregard and destroy the lives of ordinary people

James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, letter, The Times, 16 March

I received a message from a married woman in her 50s who has this friendship she hasn’t been able explain to others. . . She has a term for her friend — they call each other “Sacred Other”

Rhaina Cohen, talking about The Other Significant Others, her book on platonic relationships, The Guardian, 13 March

The British are reticent about talking about religion. They regard their churchgoing in a similar way as their visits to the bathroom — that it’s good manners not to tell anyone they’re going, not say where they’ve been, and never mention what happened there

Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, The Oldie, 12 March

By 2027, he must have produced a “resource” for social justice and to have this “used by one third of the ministry Units” (I think these are what Christians have traditionally called parishes) in the diocese

Charles Moore, dissecting a job advert for a racial-justice enabler for the diocese of York, Daily Telegraph, 19 March

Archbishop of Canterbury must stop embracing workshy sandal-wearing bearded messiah and return to old-fashioned Christian values

Spoof Telegraph headline, Private Eye, 1 March


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