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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Tony Nicklinson and his family should know there is an alternative to despair

Nicklinson, 57, suffered a massive stroke in 2005 which left him paralysed from the neck down and unable to speak (PA photo)

Disasters should bring us together, and summon a community around the weakest person

The term ‘feminism’ has too much baggage for pro-lifers to reclaim it as their own

We need an inventive genius to think of a new one

The word curiously absent from the gay marriage debate: children

It is hard to argue the case against gay marriage using the language of metropolitan liberals

Jane Garvey: one BBC presenter who doesn’t push an agenda on the Church

A screenshot from the documentary Catholics. The last episode, Women, will be broadcast tomorrow evening on BBC4

Woman’s Hour this week lets two ‘good cops’ talk about women in the Church

For a moment people have stopped talking about a ‘clump of cells’ and are beginning to see an unborn child

A woman at the March for Life rally in Washington DC (CNS photo)

The debate on sex selection has put the abortion lobby on the back foot

Same-sex marriage is the logical conclusion to decades of divorce and infidelity

We have taken this institution for granted for too long. Now the Coalition is showing how vital and precious it is

The campaign on ‘gendercide’ is blinded by a moral smugness

A woman at a rally against female foeticide, in New Delhi, India (PA photo)

It’s hypocritical to believe abortion is a right and yet be scandalised by who gets aborted and who doesn’t

Sweden is discovering the cost of pushing mothers back into work

Its wraparound child care system is a dangerous social experiment that has damaged family life

Thank you, BBC, for a sympathetic portrayal of our faith

Seminarians from Allen Hall, who featured in the documentary

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ was a worthwhile and sensitive portrayal of seminary life, devoid of sensationalism

St Margaret Clitherow should be among those Britons honoured with a stamp

A biography published by St Pauls

To acknowledge its past Britain must commemorate Catholic martyrs alongside its war heroes