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In the post-Vatican II Church notions of crime and justice had no place and abusers were labelled as victims

Francis delivered a speech which was remarkable for its continuity with St John Paul II and Benedict XVI

The slow-motion schism of the Anglican Communion does appear to be a cautionary tale

The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on

The willingness of US bishops to make themselves publicly unpopular is commendable and enviable

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

The changes come into force today, but are they as controversial as people suggest?

Pope Francis has spoken out about the ‘erosion of the faith’ in Germany, while showing clear support for Africa’s Church of the poor

The debate about press freedom is a distraction from the real scandal

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments