26th March 2021

Lord Speaker election hustings 1

We are at a critical juncture in the life of our House.   The last year has been exceptionally difficult and hopefully we can soon return to more, if not all of us, working at Westminster.  We need to discuss how we do that, so we take account of the needs of all our members, including those with vulnerabilities and disabilities, …

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20th March 2021

What should a new Lord Speaker do?

I have served in the House of Lords for 25 years and in recent weeks I have been encouraged by colleagues from all parts of the House of Lords to stand for election as Lord Speaker, at least in part because of my experience as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.  The same healing impulse that took me …

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7th November 2020

The Didache

The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. This very short manual of what a significant body of early Christians believed about their faith is of enormous importance, not least because it gives a real insight into their priorities in those early times. The Didache is the oldest extant written catechism, probably from the 1st century. It was lost for …

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24th August 2020

Centenary of the birth of John Paul II

How does one adequately recognize the life of such a remarkable man as Pope Saint John Paul II, and address, in just a few minutes, his contribution to our world? Let me refer to three areas that are of particular, personal interest to me – science, politics and faith. Science – The work of scientists and the importance of their …

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