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A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

Surely priests (and seminarians) from other dioceses should be spending time with their patron saint? Not to mention the rest of us

Environmental activists dressed as polar bears Binsar Bakkara/AP/Press Association Images

The history of science is the history of one collapsing consensus after another

Arthur Edwards/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After all, the Catholic Church in Malta thrived under the temporal authority of protestant governors

Dawkins, with comedian Ariane Sherine: not a great believer AP Photo/Akira Suemor

Atheists like Dawkins have strange ideas about what we believe

Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Roche and Pierpaolo Finaldi (Photo courtesy of Mr Finaldi)

We just can’t judge on the basis of Mass cards containing only the people’s parts

William Hill offers 100 -1 that St Paul's is still closed at Christmas

Anglican cathedrals aren’t the centre of their dioceses: and the St Paul’s clergy don’t all believe in Christmas

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed yesterday by rebel forces. Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

A lynch-mob is a frightful thing. But just as William Hague was right to say that we don’t approve of extra-judicial killings, is a judicial killing in cold blood any better?

If we are going to adopt morally superior attitudes, we had better be sure we are actually morally superior

A little moderate scepticism helps when reading stories online

And why do the police so unquestioningly follow the instructions of the social services?