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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Why are Catholics so disobedient?

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is renowned for her fidelity and obedience (CNS)

None of us is immune from the temptation to dissent

The CDF has done something about Medjugorje – finally!

Archbishop Gerhard Müller has written to the nuncio over the Balkan apparitions (CNS)

Much confusion could have been avoided

Canon John Redford was a great theologian who passionately defended Catholic doctrine

Canon John Redford

Remembering the gracious priest who worked at the Maryvale Institute for many years

Nigel Farage says he wants to keep our Christian heritage. What does he mean in practice?

Nigel Farage (PA)

UK politicians who support Christian values could learn a lot from straight-talking Timo Soini

Be reassured: we are not being asked to decide Church teaching in an opinion poll

Cardinal Peter Erdo, the relator for next year's synod (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Peter Erdo, a leading canon lawyer, says the Synod will be based on Church teaching, not public opinion

The harsh side of the Church on show in Philomena is not the full story

Dame Judi Dench with Philomena Lee (PA)

The work done by Frank Duff highlights the fact that, although forced adoptions were widespread in Ireland, there were those who did much to help single mothers

Catholics should not be afraid of having a personal relationship with Jesus

Catholics pray before the Eucharist (CNS)

Thousands of religious are leaving their communities each year. One cause is ‘an absence of spiritual life’. This is a tragedy

Must Catholics be poor?

Pope Francis greets a child during his visit to a slum in Rio in August (CNS)

There should not be one standard for the clergy and another for us lay people

My convent school has changed remarkably in just 50 years

These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

The debate about beheadings exposes a double standard when it comes to abortion

Facebook has removed a clip of a women being beheaded after concluding that it 'improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence' (Photo: PA)

Viewing video clips of a decapitation on social media trivialises the violence. At the same time, there are sometimes appalling images that the public should see