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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

To call Anders Breivik a monster is to distance ourselves from the worst aspects of human nature

People place flowers near Norway's Utøya Island  (CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters)

We are back to the mystery of evil: none of the details we know about his life explain what he did

Posh and Becks are a force for good in the world

The Beckhams have been criticised for having too many children (Photo: David Davies/PA Wire)

I hope they communicate to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the fun of having four children

Murdoch is to blame for the News of the World’s moral decline

The News of the World before it lost morality, taste and a sense of propriety (PA photo)

For the Boss, profits mattered to the exclusion of everything else

The John Paul II vigil that transported pilgrims to heaven

About 200,000 people attended the vigil (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The vigil before John Paul II’s beatification was an intoxicating experience for one new convert. I wish I could have gone

John Julius Norwich dredges up the same old slur about Pius XII

The handsome and much-publicised book costs £25

His assessment of Pius as ‘odiously anti-Semitic’ is based on one source – John Cornwell

‘Liturgy is not ours. It is not a form of self-expression…’

Archbishop Celli assists Benedict XVI with an iPad for the launch of the Vatican's new website (CNS photo)

In a homily Archbishop Nichols echoes Benedict XVI’s humility

Fatima conspiracy theories are damaging the Church

Sister Lucia, who died in 2005 at the age of 97, was the oldest of three children who received apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima (CNS photo)

There are enough scandals for Catholics to worry about: no need to waste time on crackpot fantasies

The men abused by Rosminians deserve compensation

One of the men abused at Grace Dieu Manor preparatory school, Leicestershire (BBC/Blakeway Productions)

I hope the order learns a lesson from Canada, where a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is working to bring healing to victims

Why didn’t the Rosminian order tell us the truth about Fr Kit?

Fr Kit Cunningham died last year

The order apparently knew the truth of the allegations at least a year before his death

Let’s take a principled stand against the BBC’s euthanasia propaganda

BBC's Television Centre in London (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Corporation has betrayed its charter and is no longer worthy of receiving our licence fee