Christopher Howse

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  1. Even in the bath on Sunday morning I was talked at, via my portable radio
  2. Singing priests fill me with the same gloomy embarrassment as nuns playing football
  3. Some people think all Church of England clergymen are vicars
  4. ‘Unlike Zippo the Clown, nuns really do go about their lives dressed in their odd clothes’
  5. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  6. Mr Farron said something wry, memorable and a little sad about God
  7. Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive
  8. The concept of a holiday in Spain is ambiguous
  9. What is self-evident strikes different people in different ways
  10. Pens at dawn
  11. I don’t know why it said ‘other Nobel Prize winners’ since the Pope is not one
  12. Lord Carey said there has been ‘too much Muslim mass immigration’ to Europe
  13. Somehow coherence online seems less important than in print
  14. I’m not at all sure that religions are a good thing, any more than animals are
  15. All Saints church in Aldwincle is ‘now offered as an upmarket camping venue’
  16. Catholics are not known for putting effigies of the Pope on their bonfires
  17. How to set some readers nodding sadly and others turning the page impatiently
  18. The press knew what Advent meant – calendars, mostly with chocolate
  19. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  20. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  21. It surprises me to see how much reliance broadcast news still puts on paper papers
  22. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, called on Muslim women to learn English
  23. There is a tendency by papers to deny murderers the status of human beings
  24. Pope Francis’ stock is pretty high with the secular press. They like him
  25. When you take up a carpet and find old newspapers, everything is fascinating
  26. Spain has a funny relationship with Islam
  27. Travelling hopefully
  28. At Easter, newspapers often reach for a bishop to say something
  29. For a story of adultery and the Primate of All England, the report was a model of propriety
  30. The biologist was appealing for an end to shaking hands and social kissing
  31. Leicester’s triumph was a welcome interlude in the relentless EU campaigning
  32. Even if Britain were a secular state, it would be hard to stop buses glorifying God
  33. Unlike David Bowie, Muhammad Ali’s story had a clearly godly side
  34. You can’t say that!
  35. I don’t mind rhymes in poetry, in fact I’m rather partial to them
  36. Like an improbable episode of The Archers was the thwarting of Boris Johnson
  37. The delights of geography appealed to her less strongly than the game of hacking
  38. Never mind apocalyptic fiction, reality is hard enough to credit any day
  39. I get the impression, unscientific as it is, that Catholic practice is not in decline
  40. How far could print readers be expected to be familiar with nun-paddling photos?
  41. Aesthetes who write poetry are sometimes hot potatoes with the opposite sex
  42. It looks as though the Devil would be better at predicting the outcome of horse races
  43. I don’t happen to know what violence Japanese Buddhists are busy in but it should stop
  44. It wasn’t the Archbishop’s own morals that were scoldworthy
  45. It was not that the cardinal was wearing thick black eye make-up that distracted me
  46. He is as much a practising Catholic, by his own account, as he is a practising homosexual
  47. I fear that brunch has the hallmarks of an abomination
  48. I couldn’t help being reminded of Gladstone’s unfulfilled ambition
  49. These days God is mentioned all the time in the press, almost invisibly
  50. It was not nice: cardboardy, piped-musicy, with no spoon to harvest the spuma
  51. Obituaries throw the silhouettes of lives against a screen of eternity
  52. What an idea! Hitler an architect? He did enough harm as it was
  53. Canonisation requires more than turning soup cans into art and shooting sex films
  54. He had fathered a boy in 1974. It is the sort of thing that could happen to any man
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