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Christopher Howse



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