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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The Church’s next big battle is to offer hope to the hopeless

Neither Confession nor psychotherapy 'should try to replace the work of the other' (Photo: CNS)

Our faith has profound insights to offer about depression

Can prayer succeed where nicotine patches, acupuncture and drugs can’t?

Quit smoking bids do not last long

Addiction is mostly spiritual, an imbalance of the soul

Life is all about sex

Alexander VI

Birth, copulation and death – I can see why we Catholics get accused of being obsessed

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


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


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