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December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Vatican trial over leaks is postponed for a week A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others has been postponed for a week to allow one of the defendants to change lawyers. One of the five, the author Emiliano Fittipaldi, has described the trial as “Kafka-esque”. Koreans pray for the Church in
December 01, 2015
Ed West
Almost five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, a German monk called Martin Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. The initial cause of Luther’s protest was corruption in the Church, especially the misuse of indulgences, but the controversy soon
December 01, 2015
Will Heaven
Something interesting is going on in the criminal justice system that I suspect we’re going to hear more and more about. As part of what could be a revolution in right-wing thinking about dealing with crime and its causes, the Government is splashing out £1.3 billion on new prisons. The plan is to replace outdated
December 01, 2015
Miguel Cullen
Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 17 Panorama Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 10 When Peter Lanyon flew in his glider, he yearned to be intimate with the air as it rushed over his vessel: suspending, hoisting, buffeting him in the sky, like the contact of a living being. He
December 01, 2015
Tim Stanley
I hate sharing good things with other people. I was into Hannibal and Arrested Development long before anyone else was, and I felt a pang of regret when the rest of the world caught on. So I’m in two minds about Amazon’s new series The Man in the High Castle (viewable on amazon.co.uk). On the
December 01, 2015
Robert Tanitch
For many people, The Homecoming is Harold Pinter’s masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd celebrates the play’s 50th birthday at Trafalgar Studios with a highly stylised and totally non-realistic production. The sparse set, the tableaux, the loud music and the blackouts increase the artificiality. Rich in irony and ambiguity, Pinter’s lethally colloquial script offers possibilities for many interpretations.
December 01, 2015
Michael White
In its Georgian heyday Bath was less genteel and more Las Vegas than we like to think: a place of raciness and glitz. But time has mellowed it into a showplace of civility, and never more than in November when the Bath Mozartfest fills its handsome buildings with discriminating music – strictly classical, invariably tasteful,
December 01, 2015
Bishop David McGough
“Coming home” is a beautiful description of the heart’s complex longing. It reaches beyond the limitations of location to embrace an unarticulated desire to be at peace with ourselves, to be at peace with those we love and, above all, to be at peace with God. To have achieved such peace is, in the deepest
December 01, 2015
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
Let’s get something straight about the Blessed Virgin’s Immaculate Conception, which we celebrate on December 8 (also the beginning of the Year of Mercy). First, this phrase does not refer to how Our Lady conceived Our Lord through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. It refers to how Mary herself was conceived, which was both
December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Damasus spent 20 years as pope during the last years of the Roman Empire’s greatness. Born in 305AD in what is now Portugal, he grew up during the reign of Constantine, who introduced tolerance for Christianity but also divided the empire and moved the capital east. As a young man he moved to Rome and
December 01, 2015
Mgr Anthony Abela
1 It was the 15th year of the rule of the Emperor Tiberius; Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip was ruler of the territory of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias was ruler of Abilene, 2 and Annas and Caiaphas were high priests. At that time the word
December 01, 2015
Pastor Iuventus
The Scripture readings for Advent are my favourite of the whole ecclesial year; that is to say, I find they most easily stir me to prayer. Perhaps that is because they are among the most poetic. By this, I mean that the language works on several levels, of which the literal is not always the