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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Can beauty lead to truth?

Michelangelos Pietà

Art can save your soul – providing pride does not get in the way

Could abortion cost Obama the election?

Obama 2012

Polls show the president to be out of touch with the American public

The women who want Cosmopolitan magazine wrapped up in a bag before it hits our shelves

Helen Gurley Brown (Photo: PA)

A model and a granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst believe Cosmo fits the legal definition of pornography

It’s a shame the Chief Rabbi can’t be the next Archbishop of Canterbury

Britain Pope

Lord Sacks continues to be the most eloquent spokesman for religion

The Paralympics has exposed Britain’s Janus-faced attitude to the disabled

The final of last night's men's T44 100m at the Paralympic Games (PA)

We applaud competitors while welcoming new ways to ‘eradicate’ Down’s syndrome sufferers

Confession must once again be seen as the normal practice of a Catholic life

Priests hear Confessions at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

Confession may be in decline in many areas, but some parishes – usually seen as ‘traditional’ – are reversing the trend

Pro-lifers cannot win the debate by bargaining over the lives of the unborn

Nellie Gray, founder of the March for Life. Her motto was 'no exceptions, no compromises' (Photo: CNS)

Gaining some lives at the cost of others is to surrender the principle that every life is of equal value

The signs of decay in the Church were evident well before Vatican II

The opening of the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 (AP)

The Church was just not ready to face the changes the 1960s threw at it

Religious leaders must join forces to defend marriage

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks address crowds in London (Photo: PA)

Cardinal O’Brien has set up a commission to support marriage; the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, meanwhile, says it lifts humanity ‘from biology to poetry’

Am I the only person unhappy about women boxing?

London Olympic Games - Day 13

Sports like wrestling and boxing are training women to be as aggressive as men