So, a diocese felt obliged to apologise for the content of a priest’s homily on Armistice Day (News briefing from Britain and Ireland, 24 November). I was not present, and so I am not in a position to comment on the particular case. In no way would I applaud gratuitously offensive words. Yet, I wonder, was offence “given”, or was it “taken”? Some things need to be said without ambiguity. If offence is taken, so be it. Read the Gospels. The religious establishment of Jesus’ day found some of his words highly offensive. He made no apology for denouncing hypocrisy and injustice, and challenging vested interests.