The Church of England accepts them: but the CDF has made it clear that we do not. But things seem a little ambiguous here. How come?
The Soho Masses are now to be discontinued; and the ordinariate has its ‘cathedral’; all we need now is to clarify Catholic teaching on civil unions
A pristine new religious community in England, full of life and confidence, is a sign of hope: we must all pray for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Their reception into the Church will bring many of the Oxford Movement’s deepest insights
The Wantage community was one of the first Anglican religious orders; the conversion of its core members heralds the end of Anglo-Catholicism
The sisters will be received into the Ordinariate; their avoidable expulsion from their convent has been a heavy price to pay
Ukip plans to derail the Tories over gay marriage: Farage has perceptively concluded that this, not the economy or Europe, is what will destroy Cameron
Farage understands the Tory grassroots much better than Cameron and his pals; this, in the end, is what will unseat him as leader of the party
Why is there in the Church, on both sides of the Atlantic, such a failure of leadership? Is it because it is being frustrated by bishops’ conferences?
The bureaucratisation of the hierarchy has left the Church rudderless and ineffective
The National Catholic Reporter ‘quotes’ Newman in support of an anti-papal campaign. Why is it that liberals think that Newman was one of them?
Catholics, said Newman, are bound by the Pope’s formal teaching. If you don’t accept that, why do you stay?
To my surprise, I find myself agreeing with Clegg and Miliband about Leveson: Cameron looks as though he is intent on undermining the whole thing
But this is a very long report: it needs to be read and re-read carefully by everyone involved before any legislation is enacted. But this operation mustn’t be allowed to fail
The Pope, what a surprise, insists in his new book that the Virgin Birth is a core Christian belief: ‘This is,’ he says, ‘a scandal for the modern spirit’
Mary, says Newman, symbolises not only the faith of the unlearned, but of the doctors of the Church, who have to draw the line between truth and heresy. This Pope is one of them
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth has brought Israel and Gaza to the edge of destruction: it seems inevitable; but it’s just not practical politics
Reconciliation actually works – that’s what the allies discovered in Germany: but can it be done without unconditional surrender?
Well, they’ve done it again. But the opponents of women bishops have only put off the evil day: and next time there may be no ‘special arrangements’
The arguments for women priests were wholly secular. This is, in any case, the state Church: and in the end the state will decide