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'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

Cilla: a delightful Catholic lady (Photo: PA)

Cilla’s funeral was always going to have a showbizzy flavour. But it needn’t have watered down Catholic tradition

Fr Robert Barron: the first Catholic priest who has truly mastered new media [CNS]

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

Lord Tebbit outside the Grand Hotel in Brighton (PA)

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife