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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

‘Gay and atheist’ David Starkey is defending Christian conscience more clearly than our bishops

Starkey says he is opposed to the fining of Christian B&B owners who refused two men a double bedroom (Photo: PA)

On Question Time last week he pointed to a ‘new tyranny’ of liberal morality

The martyrs of Tibhirine show up Ian McEwan’s banal approach to death

Lambert Wilson and Jean-Marie Frin star in Of Gods and Men, a film about Cisterian monks who were murdered by Islamists in Algeria (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

They faced a certain and violent death yet were filled with hope in eternal life

‘Abortion is safer than having a baby’ – according to abortion providers, that is

The late Charlton Heston, pictured in 1994, was publicly pro-life (Photo: AP)

New guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is misleading

Communion on the hand or on the tongue?

A priest handing out Communion at Mass

Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book argues for reverence for the Eucharist and concentrates the mind wonderfully

Marian apparitions approved – but no, not at Medjugorje

An undated photograph of Adele Brise: when she was 28 she had visions of Mary near her home in Champion, Wisconsin (Photo: CNS)

Apparitions of Our Lady in Wisconsin bear all the hallmarks of authenticity

Medjugorje is generating what the Devil loves most: disobedience

Pilgrims gather around a statue of Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNS/Damir Sagolj, Reuters)

St Bernadette lived a holy and humble life. I don’t think the same can be said for the Medjugorje seers

Christians must believe in the reality of hell as well as heaven

Anthony Hopkins stars as an exorcist in the forthcoming film The Rite

Parents should be wary of secular books, like the Harry Potter series, that deal with the occult

These B&B owners have been punished for being faithful to Christian teaching

Hazel Mary Hall risks losing her home and livelihood after she and her husband refused to give a double room to a gay couple (Photo: PA)

Where is the tolerance for which our country was once celebrated?

Churches and pro-life groups dread any attempt to change the law on abortion

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said the churches had been 'pathetic' in the fight to reform abortion law

That may be the reason Nadine Dorries felt so let down when she tried to reduce the upper time limit

The Government is wasting its time trying to measure happiness

Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina: Tolstoy's novel illustrates that working at an unsatisfactory marriage is usually better than abandoning it

Teaching ‘well-being’ at school is also hard to justify. Children are better off studying great works of literature