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God is that, the greater than which cannot be conceived.

I believe in order that I may understand.

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Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.

God was conceived of a most pure Virgin .

.. it was fitting that the virgin should be radiant with a purity so great that a greater purity cannot be conceived.

Patience is a conquering virtue.

And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote.

It is a really good question. The other day I was praying over something as I was running, and I ended up saying to God, ‘Look, this is all very well, but isn’t it about time you did something, if you’re there?’ Which is probably not what the archbishop of Canterbury should say.

An acting assistant stage manager in a theater in Canterbury, a rep theater.

A small wage but just enough to get by on, and I made props, and I walked on, and I changed scenery, and I realized that I just loved it.

My grandmother was utterly convinced I'd wind up as the Archbishop of Canterbury. And, to be honest, I've never entirely ruled it out.

One person I do feel a little sorry for, though, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important clergyman in Britain and he's only got two lousy palaces to live in. What sort of life is that for a man of God? I bet if Jesus came back, even he'd be embarrassed for him; I bet he wouldn't be able to look him in the eye.

With empty hand no man can lure a hawk.

If gold rusts, what then can iron do?

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

England is so defined, the class system, your education.

I think what was unique about the Canterbury scene.

Well the wedding in the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury was a fairy tale and there was a huge public impress, investment of goodwill, affection and indeed money in this Institution. It was a huge success at the time.

In my time as Archbishop of Canterbury I've seen a growing sense of unity and mission.

Yet do not miss the moral, my good men.

For Saint Paul says that all that’s written well Is written down some useful truth to tell. Then take the wheat and let the chaff lie still.

Purity in body and heart May please some--as for me, I make no boast.

For, as you know, no master of a household Has all of his utensils made of gold; Some are wood, and yet they are of use.

But al be that he was a philosophre, Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.

First he wrought, and afterwards he taught.

St George won 11 premierships with one Raper, imagine how Canterbury will go with 13.

Is the Church of England an Anglican church? The church did not start in Canterbury, the church did not start in Rome. Whether Canterbury is Anglican or not is immaterial. We are Anglicans. They are the Church of England.

I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.

To suggest that God specifically created a worm to torture small African children is blasphemy as far as I can see. The Archbishop of Canterbury doesn't believe that.

We are not responsible for the behavior of anyone that goes contrary to what we teach, any more than the Pope of Rome or the Archbishop of Canterbury or a religious leader who teaches moral law and values can be charged with the errant behavior of a parishioner or congregant who may violate their moral teachings. That is on the individual.

I read a lot of 'The Canterbury Tales' on my phone last year, because I was cycling between three different editions, and I needed to have a middle-of-the-night edition for the insomniac reading.

In a real world, the one outside the rarified atmosphere where Popes meet Archbishops of Canterbury, people no longer care whether somebody is an Anglican or a Roman Catholic. They already take it for granted that being a "believer" is more important than having a denominational name-tag any day of the week.

I do not know how the affair at Canterbury is generally considered;

but I have heard individuals of all parties and all opinions speak of it and never without merriment or indignation. Fifty years hence, the black laws of Connecticut will be a greater source of amusement to the antiquarian, than her famous blue laws.

What's the greatest enemy of Christianity to-day? Frozen meat.

In the past only members of the upper classes were thoroughly sceptical, despairing, negative. Why? Among other reasons, because they were the only people who could afford to eat too much meat. Now there's cheap Canterbury lamb and Argentine chilled beef. Even the poor can afford to poison themselves into complete scepticism and despair.

I have no religious belief myself, but I don't think we should fight about it.

In particular, I think that we should not rubbish moderate religious leaders like the Archbishop of Canterbury because I think we all agree that extreme fundamentalism is a threat, and we need all the allies we can muster against it.

This is to be observed of the Bishop of London, that, though apparently of a spirit somewhat austere, there is in his idiosyncrasy a strange fund of enthusiasm, a quality which ought never to be possessed by an Archbishop of Canterbury, or a Prime Minister of England. The Bishop of London sympathies with everything that is earnest; but what is earnest is not always true; on the contrary error is often more earnest than truth.

PRIMATE, n. The head of a church, especially a State church supported by involuntary contributions. The Primate of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury, an amiable old gentleman, who occupies Lambeth Palace when living and Westminster Abbey when dead. He is commonly dead.

Unfortunately, unless the job description included a translation of the prologue of The Canterbury Tales, I was dreadfully under-qualified.