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February 04, 2016
Jack Carrigan
God or Nothing by Cardinal Robert Sarah Ignatius, £12.99 I would bet that many Catholics in the West had not heard of Cardinal Sarah of Guinea before the family synod in October. Then his name kept cropping up, dispelling the disquiet many of us felt over the Church, when we heard his voice: strong, wise
January 28, 2016
Staff writers
Family and Life by Pope Francis (Alban Books, £9.99). These “pastoral reflections”, selected by the Pontifical Council for the Family, are taken from the years 1998-2013, when the Pope was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. They show how closely the Pope today echoes his past preaching. On topics such as abortion, raising children, divorce and same-sex
January 28, 2016
Charlie Hegarty
Hitler at Home by Despina Stratigakos Yale, £20 The author, an architectural historian, has chosen to make a detailed investigation of an aspect of Hitler’s life not much known about: his domestic arrangements in Munich, where he lived between 1920 and 1929; in the Chancellery in Berlin; and at the Berghof, a chalet in the
January 28, 2016
Patrick West
The Irish in Manchester: 1750-1921 by Mervyn Busteed Manchester University Press, £75 The mass influx of Irish into Britain in the middle of the 19th century provoked what journalists today would call a “moral panic”. Indeed, the inundation aroused fears that still resonate. Like modern-day Eastern Europeans, the Irish were accused of under-cutting the wages of
January 28, 2016
Jonathan Wright
The nub of Tim Whitmarsh’s argument is that “disbelief in the supernatural is as old as the hills”. This, Whitmarsh suspects, may come as a surprise to the New Atheists and their theistic sparring partners since both camps tend to regard atheism as a “modern invention”. For some, it is to be lionised as a
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
My Journey So Far by Andrew White (Lion Books, £14.99). Canon Andrew White is known as the “Vicar of Baghdad”. He is familiar to many as a courageous and faithful Christian witness in that troubled city. A man of reconciliation and peace, pastor to the only Anglican church in Baghdad, White has spent his life
January 21, 2016
Charlie Hegarty
60 Degrees North by Malachy Tallack Polygon, £12.99 The best travel writing is never just the outer journey to a particular place; it also always involves an inner journey, in which the writer, as Tallack puts it, travels “around the world in search of home”. Growing up on Shetland, the author decides on the original
January 21, 2016
Jonathan Wright
The Astronomer and the Witch by Ulinka Rublack OUP, £20 The postal service between southern Germany and the Austrian town of Linz was on spectacularly bad form during the last quarter of 1615. It took three months for a very important letter to reach Johannes Kepler. When it finally arrived on December 29, the contents
January 21, 2016
Jonathan Wright
Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation by Stephen H Webb and Alonzo L Gaskill OUP, £18.99 “We think that readers will be very surprised by how close Catholics and Mormons are on a number of the most basic theological topics.” So state Stephen Webb, a Catholic, and Alonzo Gaskill, a Mormon, close to the beginning
January 14, 2016
Francis Phillips
Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering by Ronda Chervin Sophia Press, £12.44 Coincidentally, both books in my column for this month come from Sophia Press. There is so much good Catholic writing coming from America, particularly from Ignatius Press and Sophia Press, that this is occasionally inevitable. Dr Chervin’s book, first published in 1994 under the title
January 14, 2016
Jonathan Wright
Catholic History for Today’s Church by John O’Malley SJ Rowman and Littlefield, £15.95 “No institution,” writes John O’Malley, “has had a richer or more complex history” than the Catholic Church. It can be unusually difficult for anyone, not least a Catholic, to write about that history. Continuity is all-important since the Church is there to
January 14, 2016
Charlie Hegarty
Chasing Lost Time by Jean Findlay Chatto & Windus, £25 Sub-titled “The Life of CK Scott Moncrieff: soldier, spy and translator”, this book will be of particular interest to those who first encountered Proust’s great novel through Scott Moncrieff’s 1920s translation. Written in affectionate, familial tribute to this many-sided man, his great-niece shows that CM’s
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