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J John interviews the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby

J John interviews the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby

  You’re incredibly busy? I honestly don’t think I’m busier than most parish priests. If you look at what the vicar does, I suspect that he works more or less…

Where did obesity begin?

Where did obesity begin?

The headlines have declared that the NHS should be providing gastric bands! I felt both shocked and panicked but very much appreciated a brilliant article by Zoe Harcombe author of…

Retirement is no reason to keep silent

Retirement is no reason to keep silent

As I write my column this week I am listening to the streaming video from York of the General Synod debate on Final Approval for the women bishops measure. The…

After ‘Once’, a new film to delight

After ‘Once’, a new film to delight

Once was my 2006 film of the year, a quirky tale of love between an Irish busker and a Czech girl in Dublin, and its gorgeous song Falling Slowly won…

Gaza – when will the bloodshed end?

Gaza – when will the bloodshed end?

Since I started writing this occasional column on Middle East affairs in early 2012, the problem of Gaza has come up more than any other issue. If the Israel/Palestine conflict…

Looking for a Christian?

Looking for a Christian?

The Ethical Investment Advisory Group is looking for a Secretary, but you won’t see an advertisement for the post in the church press. A half-page ad has appeared in the…

A tumultuous week for the Church

A tumultuous week for the Church

Just days before its historic decision to allow women into the episcopate, General Synod meeting in York has been given a shock in the form of Lord Carey’s dramatically announced…

Making the most of summer for your kids

Making the most of summer for your kids

‘Children left to play alone achieve more,’ was a headline in The Times last week, the education correspondent Nicola Woolcock reported that research by psychologists and neuroscientists in Colorado found…

Film: Cycling with Molière

Film: Cycling with Molière

You don’t need a degree in French literature for Cycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette, French with English subtitles, cert. 15). It helps to attune the ear for the alexandrin…

Battle of Two Popes

Battle of Two Popes

Pope Benedict has little interest in football so it is highly unlikely he watched the World Cup final or was elated by Germany’s win. But Pope Francis does follow the…

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