Christopher Howse

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  1. The Pope’s ‘two or three years’ needn’t be taken as a carefully calculated prognosis
  2. That the family were Jehovah’s Witnesses had no bearing on Ashya’s treatment
  3. If there’s one thing worse than Songs of Praise, it’s The Vicar of Dibley
  4. People to whom one has been introduced are less easy to hate
  5. In Catalonia all the public statues have had yellow scarves tied round their necks
  6. The word ‘it’ seems odd, if it refers to God. Do people call God ‘it’?
  7. Can a honey diet cure cancer? Was Hitler an MI6 plant? As the lady said, ‘No, no, no’
  8. One beaming pontiff plus two unmolested doves add up to a positive message
  9. Only a culture that retains Christian belief employs holy names in bad language
  10. Most journalists are unbelieving and increasingly ignorant of religion
  11. British papers do not want their offices burnt down and their staff killed
  12. Neither cassocks nor vestments resemble dresses, any more than kilts do
  13. The silly, shallow level of the television- Twitter alliance
  14. The procedure seems to me like feeding a baby with another baby
  15. 175 years – 50 great catholics / Christopher Howse on Mary Douglas
  16. Cromwell (T.) and Cromwell (O.) knocked churches about a bit. Where does this get us?
  17. Even in the bath on Sunday morning I was talked at, via my portable radio
  18. Singing priests fill me with the same gloomy embarrassment as nuns playing football
  19. Some people think all Church of England clergymen are vicars
  20. ‘Unlike Zippo the Clown, nuns really do go about their lives dressed in their odd clothes’
  21. The press showed little sign of easing off to minimise the risk of imprisonment
  22. Mr Farron said something wry, memorable and a little sad about God
  23. Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive
  24. The concept of a holiday in Spain is ambiguous
  25. What is self-evident strikes different people in different ways
  26. Pens at dawn
  27. I don’t know why it said ‘other Nobel Prize winners’ since the Pope is not one
  28. Lord Carey said there has been ‘too much Muslim mass immigration’ to Europe
  29. Somehow coherence online seems less important than in print
  30. I’m not at all sure that religions are a good thing, any more than animals are
  31. All Saints church in Aldwincle is ‘now offered as an upmarket camping venue’
  32. Catholics are not known for putting effigies of the Pope on their bonfires
  33. How to set some readers nodding sadly and others turning the page impatiently
  34. The press knew what Advent meant – calendars, mostly with chocolate
  35. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  36. I mind the invisibility of the daily work of choirs for 51 weeks a year
  37. It surprises me to see how much reliance broadcast news still puts on paper papers
  38. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, called on Muslim women to learn English
  39. There is a tendency by papers to deny murderers the status of human beings
  40. Pope Francis’ stock is pretty high with the secular press. They like him
  41. When you take up a carpet and find old newspapers, everything is fascinating
  42. Spain has a funny relationship with Islam
  43. Travelling hopefully
  44. At Easter, newspapers often reach for a bishop to say something
  45. For a story of adultery and the Primate of All England, the report was a model of propriety
  46. The biologist was appealing for an end to shaking hands and social kissing
  47. Leicester’s triumph was a welcome interlude in the relentless EU campaigning
  48. Even if Britain were a secular state, it would be hard to stop buses glorifying God
  49. Unlike David Bowie, Muhammad Ali’s story had a clearly godly side
  50. You can’t say that!
  51. I don’t mind rhymes in poetry, in fact I’m rather partial to them
  52. Like an improbable episode of The Archers was the thwarting of Boris Johnson
  53. The delights of geography appealed to her less strongly than the game of hacking
  54. Never mind apocalyptic fiction, reality is hard enough to credit any day
  55. I get the impression, unscientific as it is, that Catholic practice is not in decline
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