Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke’s Church, Islington

Non-apologies are in fashion. But a genuine apology must be sincere and accompany a change in behaviour.

There are some obscure religious texts that same something vaguely similar.

6 thoughts on “Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke’s Church, Islington

  1. “My religion says apologising is good.”
    Not a surprise if religion is meant to help you make good moral judgements. I just wish Wroe had been brave enough to be more specific about who or what he was criticising.
    And is there really a difference between an apology that isn’t a heartfelt apology and just saying sorry? I can remember saying sorry as a child for things I wasn’t sorry about having done. If you are told to say sorry as a child you dutifully use that single word without any additional wording to say what you really mean – I’m sorry you caught me taking an extra biscuit.
    It may be that Boris is truly “sorry” because it could mean the end of his dream of PM-ship but having got away with so much in the past I don’t think he deserves believing. In the Christian way I can forgive him though; anyone brought up in the entitled way he has been is probably blind to what the rest of the population have to endure. Maybe his resignation would be a good example of levelling up.


  2. The first two-thirds of this Thought, on the pernicious prevalence of non-apologies, was perfectly reasonable. But then Martin Wroe got onto the Faith Perspective. He must know all too well that people’s weekly expressions of regret for their “manifold sins and wickednesses” are just as insincere and performative as Boris Johnson’s effort this week.

    The RCC is even worse: if the individual says the right words, he gets a special dose of forgiveness, all to himself. There’s an old story about a young man who goes to confession:

    ‘Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned in the flesh”.
    “Was it with Mary O’Hara, my son?” “No, father”. “With Sarah Doyle, then?” “No, father”. “Don’t tell me it was Kathleen Connolly?” “No, father”.

    Afterwards his mate asks how he got on. “Fine. I got ten Hail Marys and three good tips”.


  3. When Mr Jesus (probably) arrived on earth, he eventually taught that the IMF was changing policy – more hippy, less of all that regrettable genocide/stoning/slavery/etc.
    I suppose you could call that a change in behaviour but, without any apology, the IMF doesn’t meet the standard which Asst Martin proposes for us mere mortals. The accusation of double standards applies to BoJo as well as to the IMF.


      1. BJ Vs Boris? Disheveled madman leading people astray with crazy promises? I see no similarities at all 🙂


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