In a blog today Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on how headline writers interpreted his interview with BBC's Songs of Praise.
The Archbishop said:
"Every now and then I spend a day kicking myself for getting things wrong. Yesterday was one of those days.
"Last week I willingly agreed to do an interview for Songs of Praise in connection with the appalling attacks in Paris. During it, I was asked whether events like Paris ever caused me to doubt and question. Foolishly, I said exactly what I thought, in a fairly lengthy discussion which particularly referred to Psalm 44.
"The essence of my answer was that everyone has moments when they question things, and one sees that in the Psalms. The psalmist in Psalm 44 asks God if he is asleep, and challenges him in the most direct terms about his failure to deliver Israel. It is a psalm of protest."