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December 10, 2015
Robert Tanitch
Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf has never been popular and has remained the least performed of his major works. It had its English premiere in 1896 when even William Archer, Ibsen’s champion, translator and director, thought “the soul-searching might be too terrible for human endurance in the theatre”. Alfred Allmers (Jolyon Coy), who is suffering from
December 10, 2015
Robert Wargas
In St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin’s home town, there is a bust depicting him as a Roman emperor. More revealing, however, are the icons which, apparently seriously, depict the Russian president as a saint. The Russian Orthodox Church sometimes treats him like one. Russian documentaries extol Putin as the man who resuscitated Russian spirituality. Kirill I,
December 10, 2015
The Catholic Herald
Girls should try harder to get to the top SIR – I enjoyed Brian Sewell and missed him when he left the stage. Richard Ingrams (Notebook, November 27) proposes a moveable feast of “theys” who disliked him for his various idiosyncrasies, including dismissal of female artists, and has brought in God and the Church of
December 10, 2015
Fr Tim Finigan
Recently, the Pope criticised “fundamentalists” within the Church. When I was received, I was required to state that “I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.” Am I not bound to be a fundamentalist? To believe and profess all of the Church’s teaching is
December 10, 2015
Patrick West
The artist Banksy has long been venerated by the chattering classes for his “daring” and “provocative” work. For many people, particularly those on the Left, Banksy hails from the French tradition of Situationism, of transforming radical ideas into street art, in order to challenge the Establishment and to awaken the lumpen proletariat from its consumerist
December 10, 2015
The Catholic Herald
In his memorable article for the Catholic Herald last December, Cardinal George Pell predicted that Vatican financial reformers would “find some static on the lines” in 2015. So it has proven. Not one, but two sensational books have appeared in Italy claiming that corruption still has free rein in the Eternal City. The Vatican has
December 10, 2015
Madeleine Teahan
When Pope Benedict XVI lifted restrictions on the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass in 2007 he was probably unaware of the row he was about to provoke. Almost immediately his motu proprio drew condemnation from Jewish leaders unhappy about the wording of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews in the Extraordinary Form. So,
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
Christianity should be scaled down in public life and especially in education, a report has argued. The report, by the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life, was issued on Monday, and called for the next coronation to have a multi-religious nature and for non-Christian representatives to sit in the House of Lords. The
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
✣ Report calls for less Christianity in public life What happened? Non-anglican religious leaders should be given places in the House of Lords and schools should hold an “inclusive ‘time for reflection’” rather than a compulsory Christian assembly, according to a report that says Christianity should not have such a central a role in British public
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that if the family synod opened the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion then it has “departed from Catholic teaching in a very fundamental matter”. The cardinal, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made the comments in an interview with Mass of Ages, the
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that “effective action is necessary” against ISIS in a statement issued hours before MPs voted overwhelmingly for air strikes over Syria, last week. The Archbishop of Westminster said in a statement: “Effective action is necessary to stop the grave harm being inflicted by ISIS on civilians. “While indiscriminate violence is never
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
Pope francis has called on Catholics to “experience joy of grace” during the Year of Mercy, which began on Tuesday as the Pontiff opened the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica. Benedict XVI was among those in attendance when Francis opened the door. Before opening the door, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Square,