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Christopher Howse



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  1. When you take up a carpet and find old newspapers, everything is fascinating
  2. Spain has a funny relationship with Islam
  3. Travelling hopefully
  4. At Easter, newspapers often reach for a bishop to say something
  5. For a story of adultery and the Primate of All England, the report was a model of propriety
  6. The biologist was appealing for an end to shaking hands and social kissing
  7. Leicester’s triumph was a welcome interlude in the relentless EU campaigning
  8. Even if Britain were a secular state, it would be hard to stop buses glorifying God
  9. Unlike David Bowie, Muhammad Ali’s story had a clearly godly side
  10. You can’t say that!
  11. I don’t mind rhymes in poetry, in fact I’m rather partial to them
  12. Like an improbable episode of The Archers was the thwarting of Boris Johnson
  13. The delights of geography appealed to her less strongly than the game of hacking
  14. Never mind apocalyptic fiction, reality is hard enough to credit any day
  15. I get the impression, unscientific as it is, that Catholic practice is not in decline
  16. How far could print readers be expected to be familiar with nun-paddling photos?
  17. Aesthetes who write poetry are sometimes hot potatoes with the opposite sex
  18. It looks as though the Devil would be better at predicting the outcome of horse races
  19. I don’t happen to know what violence Japanese Buddhists are busy in but it should stop
  20. It wasn’t the Archbishop’s own morals that were scoldworthy
  21. It was not that the cardinal was wearing thick black eye make-up that distracted me
  22. He is as much a practising Catholic, by his own account, as he is a practising homosexual
  23. I fear that brunch has the hallmarks of an abomination
  24. I couldn’t help being reminded of Gladstone’s unfulfilled ambition
  25. These days God is mentioned all the time in the press, almost invisibly
  26. It was not nice: cardboardy, piped-musicy, with no spoon to harvest the spuma
  27. Obituaries throw the silhouettes of lives against a screen of eternity
  28. What an idea! Hitler an architect? He did enough harm as it was
  29. Canonisation requires more than turning soup cans into art and shooting sex films
  30. He had fathered a boy in 1974. It is the sort of thing that could happen to any man
  31. Anti-papal jibes derive from chants by Rangers supporters against Celtic
  32. Mrs May’s remarks had become what aficionados of Twitter call a ‘meme’
  33. We could all become rich by doing nothing the year round but eating buns in teashops
  34. The world is now going to hell in very expensively engineered handcarts
  35. Mr Wynne-Jones, the clergyman, is an old Jesus man (in the Oxonian sense)
  36. Presumptions about religion and the latest atrocity in Britain lay in a jumble
  37. I'd have thought the one thing that wasn't controversial is that we are all sinners
  38. The Government was petrified of a small revolt on its own benches
  39. The headline was the most bafflingly erroneous I have seen for many a long year
  40. Here’s a band having fun being serious – and they have almost united the critics
  41. Papers are easily embarrassed, like dogs made to wear fancy dress
  42. I can’t quite think it a sin to buy a shirt at Marks & Spencer, even on a Sunday
  43. Nobody doubts that the bones of Charlemagne’s forearm are in the reliquary
  44. Catalans thrive on adversity in an almost mystical way
  45. As so often, the landscape came over very well on radio
  46. As so often, the landscape came over very well on radio
  47. The Spanish national anthem is a march, lasting 52 seconds, but it has no agreed lyrics
  48. The Spanish national anthem is a march, lasting 52 seconds, but it has no agreed lyrics
  49. The Spanish national anthem is a march, lasting 52 seconds, but it has no agreed lyrics
  50. We are ritual animals and this was the artistic if artless ritual that death invited
  51. At least Meghan Markle has been divorced only once, if that
  52. Was I being pharisaical in choosing the goats’ cheese mousse?
  53. I don’t know how Meghan Markle has evaded baptism for so long
  54. I've been wondering which Commandment prohibits leaving your initials on someone’s liver.
  55. St Mark’s is an astonishing place to worship, but the music isn’t up to much
  56. Most people think of an apocalypse as a disaster not a light-filled revelation

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