GEORGE PITCHER - Religion editor, The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph
I spoke to someone in Church of England comms just after the Darwin story broke and expressed my doubts over the apology. He replied: 'Well, everyone knows about it now.' He has a point. I despise politicians who apologise for historical atrocities as much as I do the people that demand they apologise. The sins of the father can't be delivered on the children. But Darwin never picked a fight with Christians and the Church behaved abusively. That institution is in the business of repentance and redemption and it's right to apologise. And, in that reconciliation, it draws attention to how faith and reason are compatible. That point might not have gained coverage without the apology.