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Hostility from the authorities, and apathy from its own clergy, have put the Ordinariate’s future in danger. But there could be a simple solution

Cardinal Nichols is stopped for a selfie at the Flame 2 youth congress at Wembley (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The excitement around the new Syro-Malabar diocese is not the first time British Catholics have looked forward to change

French soldiers stand guard as they prevent the access to the scene of an attack in St Etienne du Rouvray, Normandy,  (AP)

For Catholics and other Christians in the Middle East, the atrocity at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray is far from unimaginable

'For Catholics under the age of 45, shopping around for a parish is second nature' (Illustration: Christian Adams)

The strange future of parish life

Vatican II and the internet have brought consumer choice into churchgoing. Some see that as a danger – but with imaginative leadership, it could be an opportunity

Cartoon by Christian Adams

Why bishops love the EU

The faithful are being nudged towards a ‘Remain’ vote not only by England’s cardinals but also by the Pope. But how many Catholics will take their advice?

Not all liturgies have to be this solemn

Confessions of an ex-traddie

I used to be too snooty to appreciate an ‘ordinary’ Mass. Now lay ministers, altar girls, even an exuberant sign of peace – they don’t bother me in the least

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, as he walks through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Are there really two popes?

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired ludicrous conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest

The ruins of Reading Abbey, which was founded by Henry I in 1121 (AP)

Being an English Catholic in the first two thirds of the 20th century was rather like being Jewish

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

Prince Charles greets the supremely gifted James MacMillan (Photo: PA)

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich