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Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

How should a Catholic respond to the awful abuse scandal?

Cardinal Marc Ouellet bows before a crucifix during a penitential vigil in Rome to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Weep with those who weep’, says author and convert Dawn Eden

Have we forgotten God in the pro-life battle?

A sign with a crucifix and rosary are seen during a pro-life demonstration July 10 outside the Irish Parliament in Dublin ahead of a vote to allow limited abortion in Ireland. (CNS)

The pro-life battle is a spiritual one

Once Blessed John Henry Newman had put his hand to the plough, there was no turning back from his journey towards Truth

Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman (CNS)

We should accept the teachings of the Church, even if we risk sounding old-fashioned

It’s so easy for doctors to betray their calling to ‘first, do no harm’

Luminal was used by doctors in the Nazi 'children's euthanasia' programme (AP)

The actions of Nazi Germany’s doctors should serve as a chilling warning to us to speak out

As the mother of a daughter with Down’s syndrome the cause of Professor Lejeune is dear to my heart

A mother plays with her daughter who has Down Syndrome (CNS)

Lejeune would be an inspiring role model for doctors, the medical profession, pro-life societies and geneticists

A woman’s instinctive wish is to create a home and bring up children

The reality is that women can't have it all (PA)

We can recognise the differences between the sexes and still affirm the equal dignity of women

The news that Benedict XVI defrocked so many priests is both good and terrible

Benedict XVI defrocked 384 priests for the abuse of minors in the last 2 years (CNS)

We must pray for every victim of abuse

We should be dying to go to Confession

Confession is about renewal, rebirth, reorientation of one’s life  (CNS)

If we stop going to Confession this will lead to spiritual death

Coronation Street viewers have a right to know the truth about dying

Coronation Street will air a storyline this evening where a terminally ill woman will commit suicide (PA)

Viewers have a right to know that there is an alternative end to a lethal cocktail of drugs

Despite all its ugly and painful aspects, life is beautiful

Italian film director Roberto Benigni (PA)

We should support people who are suffering or in despair and remind them that suicide is not the solution