Francis Phillips

We long for a habit of politeness and respect that parents no longer instil in their children

I am not a natural for this kind of thing. I cringe inwardly when people shout at us, as they occasionally do. But I hope we make people think

Pressure is mounting to change the status of civil partnerships to actual marriage

Sheila Cassidy’s new book ‘Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic’ points to a faith that has not matured

Sherlock Holmes, Rilke and Mozart help illuminate the unconscious on BBC Radio 4

Whatever Lady Warnock’s views, she made her case carefully and courteously

As the mother of a girl with Down’s Syndrome, I disagree

A Requiem Mass I was at this morning was highly unusual in one respect: there was no panegyric of the dead

He could have provided a philosophic commentary to this week’s party conference

And he could have taught Buddhists a thing or two about respect for animals