Melanie McDonagh

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October 08, 2020
59 per cent of those responding said they support changing the law to allow terminally ill and incurably suffering adults the option of a legal assisted death.
October 07, 2020
The exhibition explains the Christian concept of sin and salvation to an audience that may never have heard it before
September 29, 2020
John Finnis looks back on a public storm - and on his lifetime studying philosophy, law and Catholic teaching
September 04, 2020
The Global God Divide is the Pew Research Foundation’s new report on religion. Most of us, without reading a word of it, would probably guess quite correctly what it says. Europeans, and people in related Anglophone countries (Canada and Australia) are less religious than anywhere else. Poorer countries care more about God than rich ones.
September 04, 2020
For the political philosopher Larry Siedentop, “the only thing worse than religion is its absence”. And it’s the absence of religion right now that concerns him: specifically any understanding of Christianity. Because for him – and this is the argument of his most celebrated book, Inventing the Individual – it is Christianity that has formed
September 04, 2020
John Hume, the statesman and peacemaker who has died at the age of 83, was for a time a candidate for the priesthood in Maynooth seminary. He left, and subsequently married Pat Hone, but in the words of his political colleague Seamus Mallon, there was “a tinge of a cleric about him”. Mallon was referring
August 19, 2020
There are half a dozen in front of me as I write – prayer cards, the kind of holy picture that people would once slip into their prayer books. Now that churchgoers tend not to use them, it’s hard to see their modern function, except in the form of remembrance cards for the dead, which
July 06, 2020
Livestreamed Masses have been wonderful. But Catholicism is, after all, a touchy-feely religion
June 08, 2020
The Conservatives are bent on fast-tracking no-fault divorce; you have to wonder, what are the Tories for?
June 03, 2020
Caravaggio, Doubting Thomas, 1601. Potsdam Bildergalerie This is the most disconcertingly carnal take on the encounter in the Gospel of John between Christ and St Thomas, who had declared that unless he had seen the marks in Christ’s side and hands, he would not believe he had risen. Here, with Caravaggio’s characteristic theatricality, Christ’s hand
May 26, 2020
The CofE hierarchy rushed to judgment before the full story had emerged. They should have counted to ten
May 06, 2020
X Æ A-12? Bring back the Napoleonic code
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