Christopher Howse

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