Comments: opinion

Appreciated the piece from the New Yorker, many thanks for pointing it out. Sigh. Maybe it's time to renew my subscription after all these years. It was just that - that kind of dedicated leisure reading came to seem a luxury over the years, with the latest IBM developer's "Red Book" seeming more pressing.

Anyway, he mentioned the 1550 removal of altars from all churches, being replaced by tables. When did altars come back? My childhood parish church (now a national historic site, and no, not because *I* was there, ha!) definitely had something we referred to as the altar: http://anglican.orgfree.com/stjude.htm

Posted by Randal Oulton at Saturday, 20 October 2012 at 11:44am BST

Jones is deeply impressive. And he can connect with the general public without pandering (note to Sentamu). Let's hope 'The Guardian' knows something.

Posted by John at Saturday, 20 October 2012 at 12:42pm BST

Randal, the altars came back under Archbishop Laud in the 17th century.

I remember being quite impressed that the makers of the movie 'Shakespeare in Love' knew that there would have been a wooden communion table, not a stone altar, in the chancel of a church in Shakespeare's day.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Sunday, 21 October 2012 at 9:56am BST

He would make an excellent Archbishop of Canterbury.He is the only one of the bench I know who could heal relationships with Society in England and also have the wisdom to deal with the Anglican Communion.

Posted by Jean Mayland at Sunday, 21 October 2012 at 5:17pm BST

Liverpool is impressive. i want an Evo. I want him. His Hillsborough work has been so deep and good. With signs following. . .

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Sunday, 21 October 2012 at 8:42pm BST
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