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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Today I prayed the Rosary and held up a placard outside our NHS hospital

Pro-lifers pray outside an abortion centre in Pennsylvania (Photo: CNS)

I am not a natural for this kind of thing. I cringe inwardly when people shout at us, as they occasionally do. But I hope we make people think

Peter Hitchens defends marriage on the Today programme. Good for him

The Hindu god Krishna depicted with Radha and various court ladies

Pressure is mounting to change the status of civil partnerships to actual marriage

Lapsed Catholics, come back

Lapsed Catholics, come back

Sheila Cassidy’s new book ‘Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic’ points to a faith that has not matured

Why Sherlock Holmes played the violin

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, Rilke and Mozart help illuminate the unconscious on BBC Radio 4

Start the Week showed that atheists and Christians can argue in a civilised fashion

Andrew Marr's Start the Week is available online

Whatever Lady Warnock’s views, she made her case carefully and courteously

Cuddly Claire Rayner believed it was selfish to have children with Down’s Syndrome

Claire Rayner and her husband Des earlier this year (Photo: PA)

As the mother of a girl with Down’s Syndrome, I disagree

Funerals that pay tribute to the foibles and frailties of the deceased make me deeply uneasy

A Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

A Requiem Mass I was at this morning was highly unusual in one respect: there was no panegyric of the dead

Roger Scruton would approve of David Cameron’s Big Society

David Cameron delivers his 'Your country needs you' speech in Birmingham this week (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

He could have provided a philosophic commentary to this week’s party conference

St Francis would have abhorred factory farming

A depiction of St Francis of Assisi at a church in Glen Head, New York (Photo: CNS)

And he could have taught Buddhists a thing or two about respect for animals

Priests can be victims of injustice, too

Procedures to deal with allegations of child abuse were tightened up in 2001 following a report by the late Lord Nolan, pictured (Photo: PA)

It is fatally easy to assume that priests accused of sex abuse are guilty until proven otherwise