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Marriage has a unique place because it speaks of an absolute faithfulness, a covenant between radically different persons, male and female; and so it echoes the absolute covenant of God with his chosen, a covenant between radically different partners.

Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.

Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.

A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.

A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component in the maintenance of genuinely public talk, argument about common good.

I value unity because I believe we learn truth from each other in this process.

I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort.

Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it'. And that really won't do.

A public is a necessary fiction.

Actual human discourse happens within a number of contexts, not in some sort of unified public forum.

Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor - but the Church is not a campaign.

Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.

I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles have decided to take this important step.

I think there is a great deal of interest still in the Christian faith.

In a spiritually sensitive culture, then, it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.

In loving his own productive, generative, generous love, God loves all those ways in which that love can be realised in creation.

My visit this autumn is an opportunity to continue that rich tradition of visits between Canterbury and Rome.

One of the most powerful defences the media can offer for controversial actions is, of course, public interest.

So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order.

The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world.