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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Pope Francis is right to be cautious about distributing Communion

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome Photo:CNS

‘If you are out of communion on a matter as fundamental as the right to life, surely you have chosen to cut yourself off from the community of fellow worshippers’ says Francis Phillips

Raising children as Christians is a liberation not indoctrination

A baby is baptised Photo: PA

You can raise your children as Christians but ultimately, it’s up to them if they attend church as an adult

The Magdalen Laundries: an important corrective

A scene from the 2002 film, The Magdalene Sisters

Despite the failings of the Magdalen system, unbalanced analysis failed to reflect the full story

Why it’s harder to become a Catholic than a Protestant

Catholicism is more alien than other forms of Christianity to many people in secular society (CNS)

Whether it’s liturgy or social mockery, Catholicism is a difficult thing to join

What does a typical priest look like?

Seminarians in New York. A new study paints an interesting picture of the type of men joining the priesthood    CNS

Most are from traditional Catholic families are not afraid of traditional devotions, according to a new survey

Barack Obama is the abortion industry’s best friend

The US president is stridently anti-life AP Photo/Susan Walsh

‘Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere”, he told an audience

Mothers are needed to save the family, not the economy

David Cameron meets with a young family Photo: Press Association

David Cameron has reiterated his pledge to introduce tax breaks for married couples but Francis Phillips is not holding her breath

Why some women didn’t like Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Roberts in Dartford in 1950 (AP)

Last Saturday’s ‘Young Margaret’ offered some telling insights into the former prime minister

The Catholic midwives case – a victory for freedom of conscience

A midwife and expectant mother.

The ruling in Glasgow will effect the NHS south of the border, too

Christian formation is the very opposite of indoctrination

Richard Dawkins has been usurped by a new breed of nuanced atheists

Richard Dawkins’s latest outburst reveal a lack of understanding about religion