Rupert Shortt is religion editor of the Times Literary Sup plement in London (he also covers the fields of Latin America and Spain for the TLS) and author of two recent biographies: Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith (2006) and Rowan’s Rule (2008), a profile of Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury. Shortt has also collected a series of interviews with theologians, God’s Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation (2005).
How would you describe the state of Christianity in the U.K.?
Until very recently, the story was one of steep decline. But it has become a lot more complicated over the past five years or so. One factor has been the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Poles since Poland joined the European Union. Mass attendance has rocketed.