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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

The incredible story of pro-life heroine Ruth Pakaluk

Before her death from breast cancer the Catholic mother-of-seven devoted her life to life

How Stalin became a Catholic

The dictator’s daughter Svetlana, who died last November, converted to the faith after a long correspondence with a priest

We have taken our identity as a Christian country for granted. Now we must defend it

Prayers are said every year at the state opening of Parliament (PA photo)

Clive Bone’s success at the High Court shows that Britain has started to lose its Christian identity

Receiving the Sacraments is not a ‘right’

As a mother whose Down’s syndrome daughter made her First Communion I object to the language of rights entering Christ’s Church

The business of transferring an embryo to a surrogate mother’s womb is, to me, deeply disquieting

Surrogate mothers at the Kaival Hospital in Anand, Gujarat, India (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The woman who travelled to India for a surrogate was overjoyed, and saw the commercial transaction as mutually beneficial. But I found out it hard to celebrate