Pope John Paul’s major achievement for the Church was to recover Pope John’s original purpose: to “guard” and to teach more efficaciously “the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine”
Should Pope Francis have abandoned the trappings of his office? The media image now is of a pontiff rejecting the traditions of the Church
Pope Benedict was no less a pontiff of profound personal humility because he wore red shoes and lived in the papal apartments
What will the synod on the family decide about Holy Communion for remarried divorcees wrongly denied an annulment? As Pope Benedict says ‘mistakes occur’
What we need is an intelligent application of the science of casuistry: after all, we have a Jesuit Pope: Jesuits are supposed to be good at it
This is still a Christian culture: but the Law Society is now encouraging Sharia principles that are deeply hostile to our values
Our democracy is built on the fundamental principle that we are one nation and that there is one law for everyone
What now is the future for the English episcopate? Just when things weren’t looking too hopeful, we get another Ratzingerian appointment. What’s going on?
Is Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment a sign of things to come? How many more orthodox bishops can we now expect?
No one has done more than the Church to address the problem of child abuse, says the Pope. This is a problem for all of society: time to throw off our scapegoat status
The trouble with using the Church as a scapegoat is that it allows society to avoid facing its own more serious sex abuse crisis
Blame the Government for food banks where they are really culpable: but this is mainly a global problem – and bishops need to understand that. And the EU doesn’t help
Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship
Our new Cardinal’s attack on Iain Duncan Smith’s benefits reform policies shows that he has a lot to learn about the spiritual blight of welfare dependency
This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one
A Securitate General says that Hochhuth’s play was part of a KGB plot against Pius XII’s reputation. The National Catholic Register attempts to discredit this: but serious historians believe it
The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?
Another Jewish historian concludes that the latest research ‘erases’ the image of a Pius XII indifferent to the fate of the Jews
Rabbi Dalin thinks that Pope Pius should be declared Righteous among the Nations: it would only be common justice if he were