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May 11th 2018

‘Ireland is led by fools’

John Waters’s career in Irish journalism lasted for more than 30 highly successful years before he quit what he thinks has become an “ideological cesspit”…
One of the most uplifting TV series is back on the box for an autumn season: Timothy West and Prunella Scales’s Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4)…
Some years ago I was leading a marketing project using large newspaper advertisements to solicit eager responses from readers…

The synod is all too respectable

When Pope Francis was elected five years ago, he announced that he wanted to build a “poor Church for the poor”…

When the Old Mass came to Balham

St Bede’s has become one of London’s great liturgical churches…
I will be in Rome for the canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero this Sunday, but I wish I weren’t – in Rome, that is…
From Pope Francis’s opening speech: The Synod we are living is a moment of sharing…

Diary: by Melissa Kite

Ageism may be the last great prejudice our society deigns to address, if indeed it ever gets around to it…

Cartoon: by Kipper Williams

India: Bishops on trial

Out of nowhere, Catholics face a leadership crisis on two fronts The Catholic Church in India has just faced one of the most challenging summers in its history…
Catholics are divided by the prospect of an inquiry into the College of Cardinals Few would deny that this is the worst crisis the American Church has faced in living memory…
Are the Conservatives still the pro-marriage party? Of all the parties across the political spectrum, the Conservative Party has always been seen as the one most likely to champion marriage and the family…

Papal telescopes: Heavens above

The Vatican Observatory is being opened up to the public When people ask why the Vatican has an observatory, one Jesuit priest says it’s because it cannot afford a particle accelerator…

Prison memories

Prison is not a hospital of the soul: though of course it is a good thing if it helps prisoners to bethink themselves…
The Polish film Kler (“Clergy”) was controversial even before its release…
Salome has no more than a bit part in the Bible, and doesn’t even merit a name-check in the two accounts of her demanding the head of John the Baptist on a platter…
Mantegna and Bellini offer an exquisite game of spot the difference, says Daisy Dunn Mary clings to her tightly swaddled son in Mantegna’s Presentation of Christ in the Temple (c1454)…
Cardinal Gerhard Müller on how Oscar Romero became a shepherd, then a martyr Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero by Michael Lee, Orbis Books, £19.99 Alongside Martin Luther King and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero is an icon of the 20th century’s great liberation movements against injustice and oppression…
In a book, 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos, that is justifiably making waves in many circles today, Jordan Peterson shares his journey towards truth and meaning…