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Iris Murdoch’s fiction still stands up 30 years after its publication, but what about the moral questions it posed?

St Augustine and his mother, St Monica, by the French painter Ary Scheffer

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

The recent scandals in the NHS highlight our society’s lack of respect for old people. We should offer more help to families caring for relatives, but we also have to change our attitude towards the elderly

David and Theresa Yeates laying flowers at Longwood Lane, Failand, where their daughter Joanna's body was found Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The details of the case have been distressing: surely the jury can hear these in private?

Nora Wall, left, leaves Dublin's Court of Criminal Appeal in 2005 after being declared the victim of a miscarriage of justice (Photo: PA)
The Château de Compiègne

The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compiègne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the Revolution

The press jumped to conclusions about the guilt of Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (Photo: PA)

The news media do not come out well, either. The obsession with Knox’s looks was infantile

The Basilica of St Martin in Tours

In Tours a fine basilica was built on the site of a vast medieval church knocked down during the Revolution