This is a great day, not simply for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Ordinariate, but for the whole English Church
‘A Gift from God’: a stone’s throw from Maryvale, the Ordinariate’s Sisters have now moved into their new convent. Who says prayer doesn’t work?
Do you accept that the ‘third secret’ of Fatima has been revealed? Then according to some, you are ‘Catholic-lite’
The future Pope Benedict published a fraudulent text, these people say, to deceive the Faithful. Also, consecrating the whole world didn’t somehow include Russia. Strange, or what?
Test match cricket approaches the profundities otherwise attained only by great literature, even by religion itself. Why does it happen so rarely?
Of course it doesn’t quite achieve what only a religious understanding can deliver: all the same, nearly all human life is there
Reforming the Church is a complex, almost an impossible task. Already, criticism of the Pope’s delays is beginning to mount: he needs our prayers
There have also been scandals implied about some of those he has appointed: the truth of these has been denied by his spokesman, but the gossip persists
The lie of ‘Hitler’s Pope’ collapses, little by little: now, an important new book shows how Pius XII’s protection of the Jews worked on the ground
Two English Bridgettines exemplified how Jews were not merely hidden in religious houses: they were also nurtured and profoundly respected as Jews
Chesterton’s Cause has not yet been officially opened: but this is surely the beginning of the end of many years of prayer for that day to come
It was inevitable that sooner or later the devotion of so many to the conviction of Chesterton’s holiness should be recognised
A Tale of Two Speeches: the Queen’s imaginary World War III address; and the ‘Evil Empire’ speech, which showed why it was a futile exercise
It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe
Whistleblowing in England is now honoured. So it should be in the US: Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are not traitors, but patriotic Americans
Both have practised civil disobedience in the national interest: but that is in the highest traditions of their national culture
The Olympic games now bask in our rosy memory bank of British triumphs (and averted disasters); but there was a negative inheritance too
Greenwich Park may have been permanently damaged, whatever the appearances that it has been restored to what it was
Even at the time, I supported Mary Whitehouse: now, even on the Left, she has been vindicated. She was right, because she was motivated by her faith
She wasn’t afraid of being laughed at by the fashionable intelligentsia. Her passion for decency and her hatred of ‘filth’ were inspired by her love of God