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Archbishop Welby and the forces of the Right

IT IS not every day that the Archbishop of Canterbury calls Donald Trump a fascist. In fact, it may not ever actually have happened, but it’s certainly the impression the headlines gave

Yes, theology is relevant to the Smyth story

Yes, theology is relevant to the Smyth story

THERE was a great deal that was genuinely shocking in the John Smyth story. The fren­zied violence of the beatings, and the silence and submission of the victims, none of whom seem to have considered going to the auth­orities until one of their number actually tried to kill himself

Outside world switches off; anoraks tune in

Outside world switches off; anoraks tune in

”COME back when something new happens,” the news desk told one reporter who had a hot take on the House of Bishops’ attitude to­­wards gay people.

Nothing new to report on clergy private lives

Nothing new to report on clergy private lives

HOW journalism works, from the bottom upwards: The Sunday Times runs a story that starts: “Church of England bishops are pro­posing to turn a blind eye to gay clergy who breach its rules by having sex

Widdecombe resurrected to admonish Welby

ONE of the difficult judgements in journalism is when to take seriously a story that is built on complaints

Trump places his faith in the prosperity gospel

THE cultural distance between traditional Christianity and the contemporary media landscape occasionally jumps into my face as if I had trodden on a rake

Welby speaks out, but who is listening?

TWO successive headlines from the Daily Mail, presented without comment, to show how journalism works: “Archbishop of Can­terbury says God will ‘chase away fear of terror’ in Christmas sermon”, followed almost immediately by “Nigel Farage hits out over Archbishop’s ‘negative messages’”

Unity and togetherness: what could go wrong?

Unity and togetherness: what could go wrong?

I WAS enchanted by a story in the Stockholm paper Dagens Nyheter about disputes within the Jewish community there. Two parties are fighting like cats in a sack for control of the equivalent of the Board of Deputies. So far so normal. What makes the story is their names. One is called “Jewish U...

Honouring working-class culture, and sneering at it

THE difficulties of Arun Arora’s job running the PR for the Church of England are nicely illustrated by the report on The Northern Echo’s website that he is moving from London to take over George Carey’s old church in the marketplace in Durham

PM does God — pass the wallpaper paste

THE editor of this newspaper remarked to me that he had spent the weekend with his head in a tub of wallpaper paste. This seems needlessly energetic when he could have had exactly the same sensation from reading the press releases of the National Secular Society

Welby reports from the front line in Pakistan

Welby reports from the front line in Pakistan

THE Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, was photographed last week on the Tube reading the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book Dethroning Mammon: Making money serve grace (Bloomsbury, 2016). No one, so far as I know, has commissioned a review to celebrate this

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