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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Can there be dialogue with Islam without religious freedom?

Supporters of a Pakistani religious group rally in Lahore to condemn the release of a Christian woman Asia Bibi who had been sentenced to death. The banner reads " Death is a punishment for blasphemy in Shariah".

The case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy, raises the question whether there can be dialogue with Islam if there is no religious freedom

The NHS ‘safe sex’ video is tawdry and sad

A screenshot of the video, entitled Condom No Condom

Why isn’t abstinence suggested occasionally?

No wonder Downton Abbey is a success: it shows what English people were like before we were spoilt rotten

Captain von Trapp understood the importance of discipline

We long for a habit of politeness and respect that parents no longer instil in their children

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