Reconciliation actually works – that’s what the allies discovered in Germany: but can it be done without unconditional surrender?
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
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
A moral theologian defends the ‘surgical’ use of drones to assassinate terrorist leaders: but is their use really intended to minimise civilian deaths?
According to some, drones in Waziristan are causing total social collapse. Who is telling the truth?
The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar should not be exploited to sweep away Irish abortion law, under which she could legally have been saved
Enda Kenny is predictably making the most of the situation: he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it
Eamon Duffy talks of ‘the Sovietisation of Catholic intellectual life’ and quotes Newman in defence of Tina Beattie: Newman would disagree
Catholic liberals keep trying to claim Newman as one of themselves, by quoting him out of context: but he was a dedicated scourge of liberalism
Jeremy Hunt orders an inquiry into the Liverpool Care Pathway, and says patients and relatives must be consulted. But will the doctors pay any attention?
There is too much evidence that the LCP is being used by some doctors as euthanasia by the back door, and that they are wilfully failing to consult: the Health Secretary will be ignored
Obama’s re-election is a tragedy, for the US and the world. Now his second term will be overshadowed, as the Benghazigate cover-up unravels
The tragedy is not just that Obama has been a bad president; it’s that Romney would have been a good one
The new prefect of the CDF intends to take on the Soho Masses. I hope he does; that would get Archbishop Vincent off a very uncomfortable hook
This isn’t about the morality of gay relationships: it’s about obedience—to the Magisterium, and to Conscience properly understood
Catholics, a survey says, are split 50-50 in the US election, with faithful Catholics against Obama, “adaptive ones” for him. But how CAN they be?
The National Catholic Reporter is consistently supportive of the President; but what else do you expect?
Archbishop Longley reminds us of our commitment to ecumenism. But ecumenism today has to be very different from that of the post-Conciliar years
And John Henry Newman, contrary to the supposition of many, was hardly an ecumenist as we understand the word