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Why is Pope Francis’s leadership such a confusing mess? This may be the answer…

13 November 2015 21:27

This week the Catholic Herald published a blog post by Dr Edward Condon, an American canon lawyer, that began with a…

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Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart

18 October 2015 15:52

Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to…

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This week the Catholic Church is in chaos. And Pope Francis is to blame

13 October 2015 21:40

The Catholic Church is this week in the biggest mess it’s been in since the Second Vatican Council, and Pope…

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The Vatican ‘Family synod’ and the sex abuse scandal that could engulf Pope Francis

7 October 2015 15:12

Pope Francis’s three-week Synod on the Family began on Sunday. Most of the 279 ‘Synod Fathers’ are senior bishops, many…

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Pope Francis’s US tour has been a triumph. His conservative critics must be in despair

28 September 2015 1:03

Apologies for the picture quality (it’s from live coverage by ABC News), but this shot of Pope Francis cracking up…

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Pope Francis gets it right: today’s changes to the marriage annulment process are bold and brave

8 September 2015 22:08

Pope Francis today made sweeping changes to the procedures by which Catholics get their marriages annulled – that is, receive…


The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?

2 September 2015 20:24

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a…


Pope Francis drops a bombshell: Catholics can receive absolution from dissident SSPX priests

1 September 2015 14:15

Pope Francis, unpredictable as ever, has just announced that during the forthcoming ‘Year of Mercy’, Catholics can receive absolution from…

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The hounding of Cardinal Pell: things Australia’s liberal media don’t want you to know

30 May 2015 16:18

The attempt to implicate Cardinal George Pell in the Ballarat child abuse scandal is a virtuoso display of score-settling by…


Irish Catholicism’s response to gay marriage hasn’t been totally incoherent

30 May 2015 15:33

Matthew Parris, in a characteristically elegant essay in this week’s magazine, complains about the rubbish quality of the arguments against…

Is there nobody of any intellectual stature left in our English church, or the Roman church, to frame the argument against same-sex marriage?

As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage

27 May 2015 16:55

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the…

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Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

23 May 2015 23:49

Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin –…

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Former Communist spy: KGB created Catholic liberation theology

2 May 2015 14:04

The respected Catholic News Agency has published an interview with Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former general in Romania’s secret police who…

Labour Leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at Warwick University on April 8, 2015 in Warwick, England

Podcast: what if Ed wins, the madness of Scottish politics and Catholic wars

9 April 2015 10:30

Ed Miliband could still win the general election, but what would happen next? On the latest View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan…


Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

25 March 2015 17:30

[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there –…


Edward Stourton just can’t stop bashing the bishop

22 March 2015 17:40

I’ll keep this brief, but can the BBC please replace Ed Stourton as presenter of Radio 4’s Sunday programme? He is…

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Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08

Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis.…


The hit job on Cardinal Pell was inevitable: he’s cleaning out the Vatican stables

28 February 2015 13:14

Ever since Cardinal George Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to clean up the Vatican’s finances, I knew a hit…

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French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French…


Catholics must not breed like rabbits, says the Pope. Yes, you read that right

19 January 2015 19:56

Catholics should not breed like rabbits and gender theory is a bit like the Hitler Youth. Yup, the Supreme Pontiff…

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Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out

23 December 2014 18:15

How many of Pope Francis’s spiritual diseases do you suffer from? The pontiff laid out no fewer than 15 of them…

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Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according…


The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

22 October 2014 23:05

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran…

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

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‘Earthquake’ in Rome as Vatican synod talks about homosexuality and divorce

13 October 2014 16:49

The Synod on the Family in Rome today caused an ‘earthquake’ – the word is being used on Catholic blogs everywhere –…