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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Think kindly of Russell as he awaits a judgment

Think kindly of Russell as he awaits a judgment

After 23 years in prison, Russell L Ford awaits a decision from the 11th federal circuit court in Atlanta

‘Joyous atheists’: the ultimate oxymoron?

‘Joyous atheists’: the ultimate oxymoron?

The phrase strikes a tinny note against this Catholic’s lexical eardrum

Dawkins has all the vitriol of Trevor-Roper – and none of the panache

Dawkins has all the vitriol of Trevor-Roper – and none of the panache

The elegant Oxford scholar paved the way for Richard Dawkins

When Cardinal Daly clashed with a Cambridge don

The late Cardinal Cahal Daly (Photo: CNS)

His book, Morals, Law and Life, is a fine defence of Catholic moral teaching

I’m starting to think Melanie Phillips is right. Conspiracy theories are everywhere

A man protests outside the Bilderberg Group meeting in Sitges, Spain, last month (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

When I leafed through her latest book, The World Turned Upside Down, I thought she was exaggerating. Then two friends put me straight

Fr Ian Ker brings clarity to the question of Newman and his male friends

Cardinal Newman was played by Derek Jacobi in the radio play Gerontius. He came across as fey, self-absorbed and querulous (CNS)

If you caught the Radio 4 play about Newman, you have all the more reason to read this new booklet

How to kill the myth of Hitler’s Pope

Pius XII during a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

Harold Bloom said he wanted to bin all the remaining copies of his novel. Perhaps that idea could be taken up elsewhere

Christopher Hitchens: a time for reflection?

PA photo

The ‘Scourge of God’ has throat cancer. He has my sympathy, and prayers

‘Why were you Catholics so awful to the Jews during the War?’

‘Why were you Catholics so awful to the Jews during the War?’

Some controversies just won’t lie down and die. Pius XII and the Holocaust is one of them.