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July 31, 2015
The Pope’s popularity in the US is falling ahead of his first visit. Is his environment encyclical to blame, asks Madeleine Teahan Is Pope Francis the most popular person in the world? Sometimes it feels that way, but with the Pontiff making his first trip to the United States this September there are signs that
July 31, 2015
Britain has a somewhat confused attitude to religion. We take a dim view of religion’s overall contribution to the world but on balance we’d like a bit more of it in British public life. I suppose that many of us are thinking of militant Islam and wars in the Middle East when we think of
July 31, 2015
During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side   A fortnight ago, Pope Francis appointed Fr Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein seminary in Chicago, to be a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The news
July 31, 2015
Four Weddings and a Church In the second of our series on the history of church architecture, we look at a typical Norman example, famous for its role in a classic film St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield In recent years, St Bartholomew’s, in the shadow of Smithfield Market in the City of London, has become most famous
July 31, 2015
Most people haven’t realised that the way Catholics speak about married life has changed dramatically. But after this October’s family synod they certainly will   When I was a university student in the early 1970s I experienced a natural attraction to marriage, while at the same time sensing a call from the Lord to monastic
July 31, 2015
The plot to eradicate faith schools Abortion, same-sex marriage, assisted suicide – the secular society encroaches every day. But I keep my focus on faith schools because this battle is not yet lost. While politicians for the most part support the existing arrangements, the campaign to eradicate religious schools from the public education system in
July 31, 2015
Too often a secretive, top-down mentality is employed to fill episcopal vacancies. Instead, a series of structured, rational conversations should be held to determine the best candidate   Many years ago, I attended a university lecture by the then young and newly appointed Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia. I asked him to clarify his words
July 31, 2015
I enjoy the kind of fast food that is decried as unhealthy, and generally take no notice of the dire warnings that are thrown at me. Is it a sin to enjoy my favourite burger and fries? Weakened by our fallen human nature, we do have to exercise restraint in our use of food and
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