I AM writing this as reports come in of two men entering a church in a suburb of Rouen, capturing the tiny congregation, and cutting the throat of the elderly priest who had been celebrating mass, before themselves being shot dead by the police
A COUPLE of unusually illuminating pieces in The Guardian this week. One was by Canon Giles Fraser on the Christianity of Theresa May; another was by Nazia Parveen, on the conversion of refugees
UNDER the circumstances, it’s astonishing that any news of the General Synod got into the papers at all. Once more, John Bingham was well served by his headline-writers. “Take off dog collars for sex talks, clergy advised” was how Telegraph readers learned of the Shared Conversations.
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THERE have been other things going on somewhere in the background this week, but that just makes the utter shameless brilliance of John Bingham’s story on clergy vesture all the more apparent
I AM finding it quite hard to write this. There is a kind of eviscerating grief, like a divorce, in watching helplessly the folly and selfishness of my country
I BELIEVE that this week there may have been something else going on that captured the attention of the worldly, but the serious part of the nation talks of little but the Shared Conversations
I SPENT an hour with some very senior Google lobbyists on Monday afternoon, and there was a lot of talk about the importance of newspapers for democracy.
They weren’t just weeping crocodile tears for a business they have helped to destroy
IT IS always good to see ecumenism making inroads at the local level, but the priest who went on an epic binge in the West End of London must now regret, among many other things, that he attempted to escape trouble by shouting at the arresting policeman that he was from the Vatican
Andrew Brown is unimpressed by responses to statistics on declining Christian affiliation
THE Mail Online holds a grisly fascination for me, as for most people in the industry. The website is almost completely distinct from the paper now. It has become the most visited newspaper site in the world by remorseless and shameless attention to what it is that bored office workers actually read
IT WOULD be nice to write a column where the religious coverage was more about money than sex, but I don’t know if it’s possible. Let’s try