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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

A Guild of Catholic Bloggers is a terrific idea. Are we really too divided to form one?

Bloggers, including Hilary White, left, meet at an Irish bar in Rome (CNS/Paul Haring)

At least we can be united on life issues

A swift death and burial at sea were the best options for Bin Laden

The front of the compound in Abbottabad where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed (CNS photo)

As Christians we should pray for his soul

If only Britain’s leaders had the same moral courage as Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan and his wife meet John Paul II at the Vatican in 1982 (AP Photo)

The US leader, dismissed initially as a B-grade movie star, was a great pro-life president

Prince William and his bride have the chance to shape Britain’s ideas about marriage

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony

There is no room for anti-Semitism in the Church

A Passion play in Panama (Press Association Images)

What does the cry of the people baying for blood during Christ’s Passion really mean?

If only we could look at one another with eyes of mercy

Pope John Paul II with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1979

Why a new play about Pope John Paul II offers an original, thought-provoking perspective on the man who became pope

Assisi alone is reason enough to beatify John Paul II

Pope John Paul II attends an interreligious encounter in Assisi, Italy, in 1986

The Devil’s Advocate has a necessary task but the late Pope’s virtues outweigh his faults and errors of judgement

Priests should rejoice at the greater accuracy of the new translation

An altar copy of the new Mass translation CNS

Instead of huffing and puffing about the new English translation of the Mass, priests should instruct their parishioners on why it is a good thing

The case of Adolf Eichmann shows that the death penalty can be just

Adolf Eichmann is flanked by guards in the Jerusalem courtroom where he was tried for war crimes (AP Photo)

His crimes were of the gravest nature; his life was an affront to the families of those who died in the Holocaust

The influential economist who tried to reverse Church teaching on birth control

In 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae (PA Archive/Press Association Images)

That was in 1967, the year before Humanae Vitae. I wonder what Barbara Ward would think now