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Thinking in terms of McCarricks, plural, is important for the Catholic Church. If we’ve had to suffer one, what’s to stop there being others? Indeed, among many lessons to be learned from the whole sorry spectacle, surely one is that being a McCarrick can (to borrow a concept from game theory) be a supremely profitable ‘strategy’.
April 03, 2021
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
"Having celebrated so many ceremonies in an empty Westminster Cathedral, often with heart heavy at the strangeness of it all," writes Cardinal Vincent Nichols in his Easter reflection for Catholic Herald readers, "I so look forward to those gatherings of the Church which affirm and give life to us all."
April 01, 2021
Serenhedd James
Tributes continue to pour in for Mgr Mark Langham, the popular chaplain whose passing in January has left a void
February 27, 2021
Charlie Camosy
The pandemic has accelerated the closing of Catholic schools, as parishes and diocese bleed money. It also offers a rare chance to make Catholic education important again.
February 17, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Our writers and others share their Lenten disciplines, experiences, or just their feelings about the whole thing. Some will surprise you. One watches comedy, because laughter is a sacrifice. Another is learning not to make rude jokes.
February 04, 2021
James MacGuire
Of all believers around the world, Christians are the most persecuted. James MacGuire reports from a conference focusing on this issue in New York.
December 11, 2020
Emily C. A. Snyder
I speak too well to be poor. Even as I’m weeping on the phone, and the very kind woman is explaining to me that I had to make more before the pandemic to qualify for help, and I try to explain to her that there was no way to make money before the pandemic, and
May 18, 2020
David Mills
In this health emergency, every response has a downside: the only certainty is the human cost of what we do, or don’t.
March 18, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
As we enter Week Two of lockdown, our spirits remain high
February 21, 2020
C C Pecknold
Porn culture sells degradation as liberty. We have to fight it
January 23, 2020
The Catholic Herald
It is more than 20 years since a pope set foot in India. In 1999, an ailing Pope John Paul II made what reporters called a “tense” visit to the capital, New Delhi. The 79-year-old pontiff made a strong defence of religious freedom during his 62-hour trip. “In the dusk of his two-decade papacy,” wrote
January 23, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
I overslept on Monday. I had been working all weekend, but that’s no excuse. It was a school day, and there was lunch to pack for my daughter. In order to do that, I needed some of the things sitting in the sink and soaking. So I found myself pressed for time, and hastily reciting