Coronavirus has locked my congregation out

19 Mar

In the vestry of my church in south London there is a list of Rectors of the parish going back to 1313. In that time, not once has the central church advised us to lock our doors to parishioners. Nazi bombers put us out of action for a while. But not since 1208 has the […]

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What we can learn from the disgraced

13 Mar

I generally have a soft spot for the disgraced. Many become considerably nicer people after having been through some very public fall from grace. Profumo is the example people often point to. Would this be true, I wondered, of fox-clubbing QC Jolyon Maugham, who popped up this week on Radio 4 to explain how the […]

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How coronavirus plays into Trump’s hands

5 Mar

I have a cough. I have had it for weeks. A deep hacking affair that brings up nasty thick greenish goo. It’s not the virus — I haven’t got a high temperature or any other symptoms. But it is dramatic enough to clear the seats next to me on the tube. In church on Sunday, too, I […]

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How Jean Vanier abused my trust

27 Feb

Jean Vanier had the kindest of faces. A mop of white hair, bushy eyebrows, a noble aquiline nose with creases radiating out from the eyes and the mouth that suggested decades of smiling. A tall man, he spoke softly, slowly, inviting trust and confidence. In 1964, the Catholic theologian set up what was to become the […]

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