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October 13th 2017

Climate of fear: the new crackdown on Catholic theologians

Scholars and clerics fear being punished for speaking out over Amoris Laetitia

Composer Sir James MacMillan has seen the fortunes of his home town improve…
I find it impossible to support the campaign, led by the Labour MP Stella Creasy, to make misogyny a “hate crime”…

A recipe for relationship failure

Once you’ve seen Channel 4’s Naked Attraction, you can’t unsee it…

The home-care timebomb

There is an NHS advertisement orbiting social media at present…

How Padre Pio changed my life

Night after night, I felt a strange presence in my room…
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave his final September Speech last week in Rome…

A land of Catholic heroes

Fr Alphonse L’Heureux, a Trappist monk living in China, was tortured to death by Chinese soldiers from the Marxist side of the civil war in 1947…

Diary: by Peter Hitchens

The more I write about Britain’s moral, educational and cultural decline, the more I run up against that decline in action…
Commonly, a book or a play about a historical character follows on from what historians have had to say about him…
Sister Janet Fearns says screenwriters have a lot to learn about the supernatural One moonlit night in autumn 1976, I was wearing the full-length white habit, scapular, traditional headgear and veil…
The Last Night of the Proms is always a bizarre event…
Tintoretto helps us fix our eyes on what truly matters, says Bishop Robert Barron I was in Washington DC last week for meetings of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops…
Can Darwinism help us grasp this uniquely human tendency, asks Alex Defert A Very Human Ending by Jesse Bering, Doubleday, 288pp, £16.99 The taboo of suicide runs deep in human consciousness…

A double dose of doppelgängers

Mark Lawson on this month’s best crime fiction Fittingly, there are two new thrillers about doppelgängers, although, proving the adaptability of plot lines about worrying doubles, the only other way in which they resemble each other is quality…

The dilemma of dealing with North Korea

Can you change the country without changing the regime, asks David Alton Talking to North Korea by Glyn Ford, Pluto Press, 320pp, £14.99 There’s no doubting that Glyn Ford has spent much of his life trying to understand North Korea – he has been there 50 times…

On chastity and love…

“Woe to chastity that is not practised out of love, but woe to love that excludes chastity.” These are the words of Benoît Standaert, a Benedictine monk, and they can, I believe, be profitably read in our culture today where, to the detriment of everyone, the sexually active and vowed celibates alike, sexuality and chastity are generally seen as opposed to each other, as enemies…