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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Thank goodness for Bishop-elect Egan. Humanae Vitae, he says, is infallible

A banner at a papal Mass in Benin (Photo: CNS)

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

Free speech is only permitted if you agree with the core dogma

Same-sex marriage rally

From climate change to same-sex marriage, fall out with the new moral guardians at your peril

The reality of the NHS is very different to that presented at the Olympic ceremony

London Olympics open

The numbers dying under the state healthcare provider belies its image

The one thing missing from the Olympic opening spectacle – this country’s Christian inheritance

London Olympic Games - Day 0

An evening of wonder and spectacle could feature the industrial revolution without the Salvation Army

Real dignity in dying has nothing to do with euthanasia

Dame Cecily brought compassion to the lives of the dying (PA)

Dame Cecily Saunders foresaw the threat of euthanasia and created an alternative

The overpopulation scare has been proved wrong over and over again

Philippines School Opening

Yet Malthusianism is as fashionable as ever

Cults keep their followers away from the true source of healing

Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple, which ended with the mass suicide of 900 members (AP photo)

Even Christianity is not immune to spiritual pathology

The billion-dollar campaign to persuade poor women they need contraception

David Cameron and Melinda Gates at the summit on family planning last week (Photo: PA)

Hundreds of millions of women apparently have an ‘unmet need’ for contraception. The concept is vague at best

No one wants to talk about the morality of IVF

Embryos are placed on to a CryoLeaf ready to be frozen (Photo: PA)

We, too, are complicit in this silence when the question comes up with friends and we say nothing

The gay marriage debate has made us evaluate what marriage is for

Perhaps an unintended consequence of this saga is that it has made us appreciate marriage more