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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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?

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