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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Can Catholics support capital punishment for terrorists?

A man weeps outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich (PA)

Would it not be more just to execute perpetrators rather than incarcerate them?

A sobering book that explores the pain and grief caused by abortion

Pro-life protestors at a vigil in Dublin

Anne R Lastman’s Redeeming Grief avoids politicising abortion debate

Tory party leaders have forgotten what a conservative outlook is all about

Francis Maude (Photo: PA)

Politicians like Francis Maude think the party should cling to the ‘spirit of the age’. Come the election they may be in for a shock

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