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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

How to respond to a young friend who has come under Dawkins’s spell

Atheist advertising campaign launched

Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield makes an interesting critique of “scientism”

The Pope has no power to change the nature of the priesthood. It’s hard for non-Catholics to understand this

The Venerable English College in Rome (Photo: Mazur/

The Church is not against women priests ‘because the Pope says so’

As a Catholic, the Church of England’s troubles sadden me

Vote on female bishops

And we should not think we are immune from such problems

The facts of Savita’s tragic death are still elusive

Tributes to Savita in Dublin (Photo: PA)

The answers will be harder to find if Savita’s husband and her family decide not to co-operate with the investigation

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Today they mark 65 years of marriage


They are an example to follow but also a splendid and royal rebuke to our times

Dorothy Day, once a bohemian who believed in free love, is completely a saint for our time

Dorothy Day's Cause has been endorsed by the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

What sets her apart from other holy men and women is that her early lifestyle was so at odds with her life after conversion

Fake equestrian orders – what drives men to playact?

Vatican Pope Easter

Some men just love to make-believe

Why is it so hard for our society to help survivors of sexual abuse ‘move on’?

Sir Jimmy Savile claims

One abuse victim’s account offers an instructive take on attitudes to paedophilia

The Archbishop of Canterbury faces a daunting task in this Godless country

A funeral in Ireland reminds me how Christian that country still is in comparison

Death is hard, but the ancient, hallowed ritual of the Catholic Church can provide lasting consolation

A Requiem Mass for Czech leader Václav Havel, whose body was cremated (Photo: PA)

Humans require more than secular rites of ‘closure’