This has been a very great pontificate: we now need a vigorous pope who will defeat the treacherous bureaucrats who undermined Pope Benedict
We have all now grown used to the idea of the Pope’s abdication: the reality will be harder to take in. It remains a great sorrow to have to live through
The Magdalene laundries were used as reformatories where girls were sent without due process. But they were not brutal: anti-Catholics have lied about them
The laundries were tough places, undoubtedly. But there was no sexual abuse and no physical punishment
How, during the lifetime of a pope, can his successor gain the authority he needs? We are in a time of uncertainty: but we are also in God’s hands
We all need to approach the conclave without resentment or feelings of betrayal
The Holy Father’s warnings on secularism and religious liberty are borne out by the consequences of the same sex marriage Bill.
But will the next pope carry on the struggle against the dictatorship of relativism with the same clarity and determination?
Pope Benedict’s abdication exemplifies his courage, his radicalism and his humility. All the same, I can’t help it, on March 1, he will still be the Pope to me
We are moving into uncharted territory: the next few weeks are going to be difficult to live through
I don’t mind where they bury Richard III; but having been denied Christian burial by Henry Tudor, he must now be given a Catholic funeral Mass
To bury England’s last Plantagenet King, a man of considerable piety, as though he had been a Protestant would be an utterly offensive act
Forcing through the same-sex marriage Bill will bring Cameron down: his determination to do it shows how out of touch he has become
He has thrown away his authority as Tory leader over an issue utterly irrelevant to the nation’s problems. Is he mad?
Not only was Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon not anti-Semitic; hysterically saying it was makes any rational criticism of it impossible
To accuse Scarfe of a ‘blood libel’ is unpardonably over the top: accusations of that seriousness should be more carefully made
Cardinal Brady now has a coadjutor, and will almost certainly retire early, after a wholly undeserved media witch-hunt, incited by the BBC
He has suffered a profound injustice: and the BBC now has yet another reason to be ashamed of itself
The persecution of Christians in Morsi’s Egypt is now serious. So, will Obama use his billion dollar subsidy in their defence? Don’t hold your breath
Obama’s personal history may explain why