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Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, and went to Ampleforth. Since 2008 he has been writing the Charterhouse column for the Catholic Herald. He was deputy editor of the Spectator under Boris Johnson.

Gay people who try to follow Church teaching may have more to weep about than the rest of us

In March I received a sobering letter taking issue with the attitude of some Catholics to gays

The Americans are leaving Iraq – but the war goes on

US soldiers take part in the casing ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the last American combat brigade to serve in Iraq (Photo: PA)

Perhaps now the US will end its policy of intervention in order to make future Iraqs impossible

Are crazy Christians crazier than crazy atheists?

Hutton Gibson, with his son Mel (inset)

Militant atheists seem less likely than Christians to fall for wackadoo conspiracy theories

Cardinal O’Brien is right: there is a vengeance culture in the US

Cardinal O'Brien, one of the most outspoken prelates in the United Kingdom, is what you might call a pro-life all-rounder (Photo: CNS)

The American way with criminals is at times barbaric. Take the case of Ronnie Lee Gardner, executed by firing squad after 25 years of near-solitary confinement

Let’s stop hissing and spitting over the Pope’s visit

The interior of the Birmingham Oratory (Photo courtesy of the Flickr photostream of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

The Holy Father’s trip to Britain will be miserable for everyone if we don’t change our tone

Please, let’s not be victims of hate crime

The newly launched Protect the Pope website

The Protect the Pope website seems to present Catholics as a ‘victim group’. But let’s keep our dignity, and not whine about our rights

So the Pope says the old Mass privately? Well, probably not

Pope Benedict adores the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican seems to have denied the story in 2007. Plus, there is footage of the Pope celebrating Mass, in the Ordinary Form, in his private chapel

Leave Roman Polanski to the justice and mercy of God

Roman Polanski is free to stay in his chalet (above) in Gstaad, Switzerland, after Swiss authorities refused to extradite him to the United States (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre)

The victim of his crime, Samantha Geimer, wants the case dropped. To bang him up would be cruel and vengeful

An influx of Anglo-Catholics will add to the divisions of the Church

We may be about to witness the first fruits of Pope Benedict’s Anglicanorum coetibus. But not everyone is rejoicing

Mel Gibson’s traditionalism seems to be feeding his demons

Mel Gibson and his (former) girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in January (Photo: PA)

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that Mel is in trouble. And his Holy Family Church is not helping