Communicants and readers must excuse His Grace for a while as he mourns the passing of his long-time friend, Bill Deedes. His contribution both to journalism and politics was profound, indeed, he might rightly be recognised as one of the original Compassionate Conservatives of the 20th century. As Charles Moore
observes: 'He believed that God commanded the fortunate to help the unfortunate, and he discharged this duty cheerfully'. He was a committed Roman Catholic, a faith which grounded his politics and informed his journalism, and it was a subject he discussed with His Grace at very great length on a number of occasions. His Grace shall remember these politico-theological discussions with very great fondness.
The world has dimmed with his passing. As His Grace mourns privately, and (if truth be told) sheds a tear, he asks Communicants to bear with him.
It would, however, be remiss of His Grace to leave his beloved flock with nothing as he indulges his grief, so here
is what the Noble Lord recently had to say about Islam.