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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The BBC is drip-feeding assisted dying propaganda into our living rooms

Sir Terry Pratchett, a campaigner for assisted dying, has early onset Alzheimer's (PA photo)

Sir Terry’s message last night was relentless: ‘why can’t we be allowed to die like this in Britain?’

Fr McCoy was not being disobedient when he accepted female servers for the old form

Servers bow during a Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin rite at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Two years ago a letter from Ecclesia Dei said female servers in the EF was allowable, if not recommended

Hungary’s cheering pro-life constitution offers a shining example to a comfortable, selfish Britain

Hungary's justice minister Tibor Navracsics speaks in the country's Parliament building about the new constitution (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

The post-Communist country has grasped what is fundamental: a respect for life

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