Christopher Howse

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  1. Some people think all Church of England clergymen are vicars
  2. ‘Unlike Zippo the Clown, nuns really do go about their lives dressed in their odd clothes’
  3. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  4. Mr Farron said something wry, memorable and a little sad about God
  5. Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive
  6. The concept of a holiday in Spain is ambiguous
  7. What is self-evident strikes different people in different ways
  8. Pens at dawn
  9. I don’t know why it said ‘other Nobel Prize winners’ since the Pope is not one
  10. Lord Carey said there has been ‘too much Muslim mass immigration’ to Europe
  11. Somehow coherence online seems less important than in print
  12. I’m not at all sure that religions are a good thing, any more than animals are
  13. All Saints church in Aldwincle is ‘now offered as an upmarket camping venue’
  14. Catholics are not known for putting effigies of the Pope on their bonfires
  15. How to set some readers nodding sadly and others turning the page impatiently
  16. The press knew what Advent meant – calendars, mostly with chocolate
  17. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  18. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  19. It surprises me to see how much reliance broadcast news still puts on paper papers
  20. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, called on Muslim women to learn English
  21. There is a tendency by papers to deny murderers the status of human beings
  22. Pope Francis’ stock is pretty high with the secular press. They like him
  23. When you take up a carpet and find old newspapers, everything is fascinating
  24. Spain has a funny relationship with Islam
  25. Travelling hopefully
  26. At Easter, newspapers often reach for a bishop to say something
  27. For a story of adultery and the Primate of All England, the report was a model of propriety
  28. The biologist was appealing for an end to shaking hands and social kissing
  29. Leicester’s triumph was a welcome interlude in the relentless EU campaigning
  30. Even if Britain were a secular state, it would be hard to stop buses glorifying God
  31. Unlike David Bowie, Muhammad Ali’s story had a clearly godly side
  32. You can’t say that!
  33. I don’t mind rhymes in poetry, in fact I’m rather partial to them
  34. Like an improbable episode of The Archers was the thwarting of Boris Johnson
  35. The delights of geography appealed to her less strongly than the game of hacking
  36. Never mind apocalyptic fiction, reality is hard enough to credit any day
  37. I get the impression, unscientific as it is, that Catholic practice is not in decline
  38. How far could print readers be expected to be familiar with nun-paddling photos?
  39. Aesthetes who write poetry are sometimes hot potatoes with the opposite sex
  40. It looks as though the Devil would be better at predicting the outcome of horse races
  41. I don’t happen to know what violence Japanese Buddhists are busy in but it should stop
  42. It wasn’t the Archbishop’s own morals that were scoldworthy
  43. It was not that the cardinal was wearing thick black eye make-up that distracted me
  44. He is as much a practising Catholic, by his own account, as he is a practising homosexual
  45. I fear that brunch has the hallmarks of an abomination
  46. I couldn’t help being reminded of Gladstone’s unfulfilled ambition
  47. These days God is mentioned all the time in the press, almost invisibly
  48. It was not nice: cardboardy, piped-musicy, with no spoon to harvest the spuma
  49. Obituaries throw the silhouettes of lives against a screen of eternity
  50. What an idea! Hitler an architect? He did enough harm as it was
  51. Canonisation requires more than turning soup cans into art and shooting sex films
  52. He had fathered a boy in 1974. It is the sort of thing that could happen to any man
  53. Anti-papal jibes derive from chants by Rangers supporters against Celtic
  54. Mrs May’s remarks had become what aficionados of Twitter call a ‘meme’
  55. We could all become rich by doing nothing the year round but eating buns in teashops
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