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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

A Third Reich mentality is taking over our treatment of the elderly

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, blesses a patient at a hospice in his diocese (CNS photo)

We need a new crusade to fight this secular response and treat vulnerable people with dignity

ARCIC III sounds like a lot of hot air

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

After the creation of the Personal Ordinariate there’s not much left to talk about

The Cambridge chaplain is right to accept female servers at Tridentine Masses

Altar servers pictured at an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

I agree with Fr Alban McCoy’s decision even though I am not, in fact, in favour of altar girls

My ideas for David and Samantha Cameron’s DVD collection: Of Gods and Men would be a good start

The Camerons: their book and DVD collection was on show in the papers this week (PA photo)

Their collection at the moment is very low brow, with one notable exception

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Now that the bishops have reinstated fish on Fridays, the tradition of wearing a head covering at Mass could also be revived

It is not enough for our bishops to be caring. They must speak unpalatable truths

Archbishop Longley: 'The kindest priest you could possibly hope to meet'

Our bishops are generally holy men. But we ought to distinguish between private piety and the public office

Fish on Fridays is a move in the right direction

Fish and Chips (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ decision to reintroduce the Catholic custom of Friday penance is a weekly reality check

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