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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Even people who aren’t religious want Sunday to be different

In the Netherlands shops are closed on Sunday but cafes are open (Photo: PA)

If I were in power I would bring in the Dutch system with a dash of the French: only corner shops open and lots of outdoor activities

Single women should focus on God rather than themselves to achieve fulfillment

Helen Gurley Brown

The single life of Sister Wendy Beckett is more fulfilling than that of feminist Helen Gurley Brown

What would Amnesty’s Catholic founder think of AI now?

Aren’t there enough prisoners of conscience without the human rights group bowing to feminist pressure?

Becoming a Catholic can be a spur to overcoming addiction

Prescription pills can be addictive too (Photo: PA)

A friend’s newfound belief in his unique dignity as a human being loved by God made him see his addictive lifestyle in a new light

I feel a shiver when I see the parallels between our world and that of St John Fisher

St John Fisher as painted by Hans Holbein

How long, indeed, before employment in the public sector requires a profession of liberal principles?

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