It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe
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
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
Pope Francis has consecrated Vatican City State to St Michael the Archangel, and asked him to drive out the evil one: the battle against corruption begins
The Holy Father sees the reform of the Roman curia as involving a great deal more than any mere inefficiency in its administration
How many Catholic adoption societies have actually closed down; and how many are now quietly handing children over to gay adoptive parents?
Which formerly Catholic adoption societies have changed their names, accepted the law, and been quietly accepted by their bishops?
There’s a lot of talk about the Pope’s ‘hundred days’. That makes me nervous: Napoleon’s, after all, did not end well for him
The Pope has established himself as a pastor; now, he must assume his role as teacher and defender of the faith in a secular culture
How come that empty papal chair has become so widely interpreted as symbolic, even sinister? Is this part of a curial anti-Francis conspiracy?
What exactly is the meaning of that ‘Enigma of the Empty Chair’? Everyone seems agreed that there must be one
The Holy Father says he is too ‘disorganised’ to reform the Roman Curia. But the corruption has to be driven out. What he needs is a Godly hit man
That can, surely, only be his new Secretary of State, who should know the Vatican well but not be of it. There is one obvious candidate
Pope Francis, as I hoped, will complete Pope Benedict’s unfinished encyclical: it will be a striking illustration of the hermeneutic of continuity
It would have been a kind of tragedy if this “strong document” had been privately published