For years typecast by the press as a bluff, gaffe-prone, ex-naval officer who enjoyed the sport of rich men such as polo, we are slowly discovering the extraordinary range of his interests and charitable work and his thoughtful, highly intelligent, enquiring mind.
A government campaign in Melbourne is advising schools to avoid words like “mum”, “dad”, “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” to help to lower the suicide rates of LGBTQI+ young people.
We have become purveyors of hope through pills and infusions: “providers” rather than “healers”. What is needed instead is to recover a “lost art” based on the simple premise that people go somewhere forever after they die, and so they should live each day in a way that would help them look forward to a happy transition.
There was a decline in church attendance long before the first scandals came to light. Discussing the sharp drop-off in practice in the wake of a scandal, a fellow parishioner tells the author of this exceptional book that “people were looking for an opportunity to put their coats on and go”.