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Small earthquake. Not many fled

Small earthquake. Not many fled

I MAY be wrong, but it doesn’t look to me that the long-threatened schism is going anywhere very much

Tasteless in the extreme

Tasteless in the extreme

THERE is a bitter satisfaction for any working journalist in Private Eye’s “From The Message Boards” column, which reproduces, with startling accuracy, the illiterate angry entitlement of online comments that appear beneath what we write

Christmas trees under threat

Christmas trees under threat

THE war on Christmas starts earlier every year. Still, I don’t think that any paper has ever gone so far, so early, as The Sunday Telegraph did this year with the front-page splash “‘Political correctness a threat to Christmas'"

Treading carefully in a tricky area

Treading carefully in a tricky area

I AM beginning to think that the Archbishop of Canterbury would be rather good at walking through a Swedish forest. The tracks there have a habit of suddenly disappearing into a bog. The trick is to put your foot down only where there is rock beneath — but you cannot tell from the surface whether it...

The Ordinariate: a valediction

The Ordinariate: a valediction

TO START with, a trip down memory lane. The archives of Damian Thompson’s Holy Smoke blog have disappeared from the internet, and I stopped reading and clipping it many years ago. So there is little evidence of his prolonged campaign to promote and encourage what became the Ordinariate. As recently ...

The view from Lapland

The view from Lapland

I RETURN from holiday to discover some­thing terrifying has happened: for only the second time since the beginning of July, my monitoring of the Mail Online site reveals more mentions of “Brexit” than of the Kar­dash­ians. What on earth can this portend? If only their astrologer had not died unexpec...

When Trump was thought humble

When Trump was thought humble

HOWEVER hard the Religious Right in the United States tries, it is difficult to make Donald Trump — the man who has been known to refer to taking communion as “having my little cracker” — bear even the appearance of a man of faith

Wanted: a divine revelation

Wanted: a divine revelation

AUGUST, and a preternatural calm has de­­­scended on news desks after a frenetic few months. After the excitements of the Brexit referendum, and the subsequent changes in the Government, what used to be called the “silly season has arrived

Someone thinks the media matter

Someone thinks the media matter

THERE are two big stories this week; so let’s start instead with a wonderful Daily Mail headline: “Could Pokemon Go revive the Church of England?”

Joining dots, even when they’re not there

Joining dots, even when they’re not there

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

What religious journalism can do

What religious journalism can do

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

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The world is our parish, Hull curate says as AMiE agenda is set out

The world is our parish, Hull curate says as AMiE agenda is set out

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Stained by prurient motives

Stained by prurient motives

FOR the Archbishop of Canterbury to say, in his interview...

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New acting archdeacon THE Revd Arani Sen, Area Dean...

Resignations and retirements

BALL. The Revd Mark Ball, Priest-in-Charge of St Peter...

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The mother of English prose

The mother of English prose

In a new book, Janina Ramirez argues that Julian of Norwich should be seen as the female Chaucer  Subscribe to read more

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What the Church needs is a new Reformation

The anniversaries of rallying calls by Martin Luther and John Robinson suggested an unfinished agenda, argues John Saxbee  Subscribe to read more

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