News Analysis

The week in quotations

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller (Getty)

“Mobile phones are like having Satan stashed away in your pockets when you come to church”
Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore recommends fasting from distractions for Lent
Asia News

“Political strategists and theological ignoramuses”
Cardinal Gerhard Müller on critics of his ‘Manifesto of Faith’
Catholic World Report

“The sins are really boring, but the people are interesting, and God’s grace is amazing”
Fr Peter Totleben OP on hearing Confessions

Statistic of the week


Percentage fall in number of priests worldwide – the first decline since 2010
Source: The Vatican