Church history

The idea that Protestants invented capitalism is a myth. In fact the system dates back to the 9th century and the great monastic estates

Jack Scarisbrick says that Eamon Duffy’s new study of the period is a must-read

To this day many believe that the Catholic Church refused to give people the Bible and religious instruction in English

Thanks to astonishing ecumenical advances, Catholics can recognise – and even give thanks for – the witness of Martin Luther

The Reformation may have caused women’s religious roles to be set back centuries

The debate on married priests is damaged by myth-making. History shows that married men, if ordained, had to live continently

Pope makes forthright remarks about state of the Church