Margaret Thatcher funeral: Bishop Richard Chartres speaks of courage and hope

By Christian Today, Crossmap On April 17, 2013

The coffin and floral tribute during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.

The Bishop of London praised Baroness Margaret Thatcher for her "perseverance in struggle" and "courage" in his sermon for her funeral today.

Dr Richard Chartres noted the conflicting opinions on Lady Thatcher's legacy but said today was "neither the time nor the place" to debate this.

"After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm," he told the more than 2,000 guests at St Paul's Cathedral.

"Lying here, she is one of us, subject to the common destiny of all human beings.

"There is an important place for debating policies and legacy ... [but] this is a place for ordinary human compassion of the kind that is reconciling. It is also the place for the simple truths which transcend political debate. Above all it is the place for hope," he said.


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