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Christopher Howse

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  1. ‘I’m absolutely mad about God, and quite fond of the Bible, but this series was tosh’
  2. ‘The Guardian’s fashion has been to give space to the frothier-mouthed anti-Catholic thinker’
  3. ‘“Distressed” is quite a Battersea Dogs’ Home sort of word to use of a gap’
  4. ‘The Stonyhurst youngsters featured all over the press. Their story had everything’
  5. ‘Any story about the Pope comes with the presumption of being feel-good’
  6. ‘Bishops, barmy or not, are now being used in a proxy war over benefit cuts’
  7. ‘Irish papers tend to euphemism, with people regularly passing away, seldom dying’
  8. ‘In Italy, I’m afraid, “Welby” refers to a distressing case concerning euthanasia’
  9. ‘The biblical narrator of the story of Noah knocks the Gilgamesh poet into a cocked hat’
  10. ‘A science background is somehow a qualification for giving views about religious beliefs’
  11. ‘England is not France, and the British constitution is not secular’
  12. My fear is that honest Christians will be caught pretty soon by best practice
  13. I’ve had my door replaced with a stouter, kick-resistant model
  14. A peek at the Catechism would be useful for any commentator on religion
  15. Poil means, I think, ‘starkers’. If it means anything worse, I apologise
  16. Pope Francis was the one not wearing blue overalls with cross-keys on the breast
  17. It became clear that many wanted governments to aid Christians and Yazidis alike
  18. The Pope’s ‘two or three years’ needn’t be taken as a carefully calculated prognosis
  19. That the family were Jehovah’s Witnesses had no bearing on Ashya’s treatment
  20. If there’s one thing worse than Songs of Praise, it’s The Vicar of Dibley
  21. People to whom one has been introduced are less easy to hate
  22. In Catalonia all the public statues have had yellow scarves tied round their necks
  23. The word ‘it’ seems odd, if it refers to God. Do people call God ‘it’?
  24. Can a honey diet cure cancer? Was Hitler an MI6 plant? As the lady said, ‘No, no, no’
  25. One beaming pontiff plus two unmolested doves add up to a positive message
  26. Only a culture that retains Christian belief employs holy names in bad language
  27. Most journalists are unbelieving and increasingly ignorant of religion
  28. British papers do not want their offices burnt down and their staff killed
  29. Neither cassocks nor vestments resemble dresses, any more than kilts do
  30. The silly, shallow level of the television- Twitter alliance
  31. The procedure seems to me like feeding a baby with another baby
  32. 175 years – 50 great catholics / Christopher Howse on Mary Douglas
  33. Cromwell (T.) and Cromwell (O.) knocked churches about a bit. Where does this get us?
  34. Even in the bath on Sunday morning I was talked at, via my portable radio
  35. Singing priests fill me with the same gloomy embarrassment as nuns playing football
  36. Some people think all Church of England clergymen are vicars
  37. ‘Unlike Zippo the Clown, nuns really do go about their lives dressed in their odd clothes’
  38. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  39. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  40. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  41. Mr Farron said something wry, memorable and a little sad about God
  42. Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive
  43. The concept of a holiday in Spain is ambiguous
  44. What is self-evident strikes different people in different ways
  45. Pens at dawn
  46. I don’t know why it said ‘other Nobel Prize winners’ since the Pope is not one
  47. Lord Carey said there has been ‘too much Muslim mass immigration’ to Europe
  48. Somehow coherence online seems less important than in print
  49. I’m not at all sure that religions are a good thing, any more than animals are
  50. All Saints church in Aldwincle is ‘now offered as an upmarket camping venue’
  51. Catholics are not known for putting effigies of the Pope on their bonfires
  52. How to set some readers nodding sadly and others turning the page impatiently