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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

If only Sister Wendy Beckett had taken her lead from Bishop Egan when talking about condoms on the radio

Sister Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, outside the Louvre

To avoid causing scandal, Sister Wendy should perhaps stick to art

Russia’s demographic emergency

Russia Putin

Russia’s population decline is a national emergency, and its attitude to abortion is to blame

Being a mother is the greatest privilege of all

OLYMPIAN READS CHAPTERS OF THE BIBLE DURING BIBLE-READING MARATHON

Athletes, authors and royals can agree that it’s the greatest job of all

Faith is not a crutch – it’s a burden

ROYAL Investitures

It is much easier not to be a Christian

After a gloomy week the Pope’s arrival on Twitter brings cheer

VATICAN POPE MUSLIMS

Thank you, Holy Father, but I’m still not joining Twitter

Is it too late to save marriage?

Gay Marriage Amendment

The census showed a disturbing trend away from the institution

There has been no debate on gay marriage – that’s why people are so angry about it

Opinion poll

The Government has handled this issue extraordinarily badly

Despite secularisation, Ireland remains repulsed by legalised abortion

Pro-life protestors at a vigil in Dublin

A deeply pious and conformist Catholic country has become a secular one

Nine out of 10 unborn children found to have Down’s syndrome are aborted. The price of this tragedy is high

Now the Liverpool Care Pathway, it seems, is being applied to babies with severe long-term disabilities

The Church should not be ashamed of its missionary past

Mideast Egypt Syria

Why are liberal Catholics so self-righteous about the Church in Africa?