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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The Sisters who cheer on Melinda Gates’s birth control campaign seem eager to drop Church teaching for their own ‘core values’

Melinda Gates (PA photo)

The statement by the Ursuline Sisters of Dallas is a hotchpotch of vagueness

Is it now illegal to question same-sex marriage?

A conference on marriage was banned for being ‘contrary to diversity policy’

Barack Obama’s views on marriage did not ‘evolve’

Barack Obama at the White House (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The US president was waiting for the public mood to change before supporting gay marriage

Government policies have encouraged irresponsible sexual behaviour among children

An NHS trust has suggested that pharmacists should be able to give the contraceptive pill to teenagers without their parents' consent (PA photo)

Giving girls as young as 13 the contraceptive Pill without their parents’ knowledge is yet another hugely misguided policy. Time for a change of approach?

The Prince of Liechtenstein is upholding natural justice in his threat to veto a law legalising abortion

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein (PA photo)

Hereditary Prince Alois has said he is prepared to abdicate. His power of veto may not last much longer

Knowing that death and judgment are round the corner tends to put our relationships into perspective

A couple renew their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Nebraska (CNS photo)

Research suggests an awareness of death can reduce divorce rates. I can well believe it

The Cross is ‘a requirement of the Christian faith’

Bishop Ali has defended our right to wear the Cross  AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Perhaps it is time we followed the example of Bishop Nazir Ali and Cardinal O’Brien

How much harder it is to raise Catholics today than it was during the Pope’s childhood

Despite tremendous hardship, the Bavaria in which the Ratzingers were raised was a happy place

At 85, Pope Benedict is more inspiring than ever

The Pope pictured with his brother on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Seven years after his election, he continues to show great trust and humility

Melinda Gates is missing the point about contraception in the developing world

Melinda Gates is critical of Church teaching on contraception (AP photo)

Expensive birth control programmes come with an agenda