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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The BBC’s relentless bias over euthanasia

Assisted suicide guidelines

The BAFTA for Terry Pratchett’s documentary is just the latest example of the Beeb’s stance

Why give the Sacraments to those who don’t believe?

A conversation with my parish priest reminds me of the difficulties the Church faces with baptisms, weddings and Holy Communion

The children of prominent Nazis still struggle with a terrible legacy. If only they had the consolation of Christ’s love

Bettina Goering, left, talks with Shanti Bannwart, whose father was a senior military official in Nazi Germany (PA photo)

None of the interviewees on BBC2′s Hitler’s Children mentioned religious belief at all

The irresistible force of modern ‘rights’ meets the immovable object of the Catholic Church

Obama Birth Control

President Obama’s contraception mandate has opened a new front in the culture war

It is time to reconcile the SSPX with the Holy See

Bishop Bernard Fellay CNS photo/Paul Haring

Bishop Fellay has made courageous steps towards ending the 40-year division

The Catholic Church is not a place for respectable people

Britain Hilary Mantel

As Mother Teresa of Calcutta showed, the Church is for the unloved and the rejected

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?