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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

How we deal with deteriorating health is a matter of faith

Hans Küng pictured in his office in Tübingen (CNS)

Professor Hans Kung has written he is ‘considering suicide.’ If he goes through with it, it would be a final step in a life full of small steps away from the Church

On sex-selective abortion, feminism proves to be the Goddess that Failed

In Britain unborn children can now be killed in the womb just for being girls

Where are the feminists up in arms against the killing of unborn children just for being girls?

The writing is on the wall for one of Ireland’s largest Catholic hospitals

Mater Hospital in Dublin (Haydn West/PA Wire)

Can the Mater Hospital respect the sanctity of human life while complying with the new abortion law?

Brompton Oratory and Fr Frederick William Faber: my prejudices proved wrong

A view of the Brompton Oratory (PA)

Fr Faber was a good man who deserves credit for the pastoral aspects of his priestly life

If St Francis were alive today he would have no time for Church politics or ‘respectful dialogue’ with Islam

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts

Irish hospital should be challenging new abortion law, instead of meekly caving in to the government

'The new law states that an abortion can be carried out in the Republic of Ireland throughout the nine months of pregnancy where the life of the mother is at risk' (Photo: PA)

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital seems to have accepted the change in the law that could pave the way for abortion on demand

Pornography can be as addictive and destructive as alcohol or heroin

Pornography addiction can work in the same way as addiction to alcohol or heroin

Former lad’s mag editor Martin Daubney should be applauded for exposing the damage it does

There is always a tension in the Church between the pastoral and doctrinal approach

Truth and love go together, writes Francis Phillips

Nothing had changed in the Church’s moral teachings following the Pope’s interview

Michael Faraday would find Richard Dawkins terrifying

The English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday (PA)

The pioneering scientist said: ‘There is nothing so frightening as someone who knows they are right’

Padre Pio reminds us that intrigues and scandals are trivial compared to the great goal of heaven

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Today we celebrate the feast of the saint who struggled with dark visions