The Ordinariate’s first monastery was erected on New Year’s Day: now, the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary should have the prayers and support of us all
This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help
The Holy Father is ‘consulting the faithful’ in preparation for next year’s synod on the family. But as Newman explained, ‘consulting’ them isn’t asking their advice
Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change
The ONS is seriously considering issuing figures for all types of ‘marriage’ together, without distinction: if it does, how will we know if gay marriage is working?
The ONS may even include civil partnerships: marriage statistics could provide figures only on “legally recognised partnerships”: its statistics will be meaningless
The ordinariate liturgy is even more splendid in action than it seemed on the page; the Church has absorbed elements of the Anglican patrimony I hadn’t anticipated
Where Cranmer was deliberately ambiguous in his language, the CDW has removed his ambiguities: in this context, you might suppose he never apostasised
Moving to a smaller house means shedding books: but a man’s library is a history of his mind: should I, for instance, throw out Why I Am Not a Christian?
This really was what at one time I would have called ‘my bible’: seeing that Bertrand Russell was just wrong wasn’t easy
Cricket Australia is still very lofty about ‘The Spirit of Cricket’. After their team’s loutish pleasure in humiliating England, they have a nerve
The Australian captain told one English player to ‘get ready for a broken arm’. Is this really what the Ashes is all about now?
If healthcare professionals can no longer opt out of abortion, a vital pro-life witness will die. The two Glasgow midwives need our support: here’s how
These brave women have taken their cause to the Supreme Court in London. This is now a vital test case. SPUC have taken on the costs: they urgently need our financial help
The Holy Father has just fervently declared his support for Benedict XVI’s vision of the Church, and has issued a clear rejection of the so-called ‘Spirit of Vatican II’
As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable
Pope Francis ‘leaves the exposition of doctrine to others, and reserves for himself the merciful style of the care of souls’: is he playing a dangerous game?
He has, says Sandro Magister, inaugurated a ‘twofold communicative register’, the existence of which the Press has simply not caught up with. Maybe it never will.