Christopher Howse

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