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January 6th 2017

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

I have a friend called Irma, and she is, understandably, appalled at what her hurricane namesake has wrought in the Caribbean region…

Sex, lies and elitism

Amy Coney Barrett is a distinguished law professor at the University of Notre Dame…

What Catholic tourists need

The buckets and spades season is over, suitcases are unpacked, souvenirs put away and postcards read…

If it’s good enough for Francis …

Like many Catholics who have had therapy, I was riveted to learn that Pope Francis had sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42…

Magnum Principium: cui bono?

While he was in Colombia, Pope Francis made a significant liturgical change, modifying the canon law which governs approval for liturgical translations…

The tears of Cardinal Caffarra

The sudden death of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has deprived the Church of one of its major personalities…
Anti-Catholic myths present themselves at my door fairly often: as an RE teacher working in the classroom, I know that there is a lot of misinformation out there – especially about the Church’s role in history and about religion and science…

Jeremy Corbyn and Holy Communion

Did Jeremy Corbyn, as the New Statesman reported last week, take Communion at a funeral in August? It’s not a question his spokesman wanted to answer…

Cormac was a TV natural

I only met Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor half a dozen times…
Most old-school conservatives in America have made their peace with Donald Trump, but they’re not about to accept him as their standard-bearer…
The Case for Christ (★★★, PG, 113 mins) might have the ring of a Da Vinci Code banalisation or of an anodyne, new-era American Evangelical film…
For somebody who came on stage dressed in what seemed to be a duvet cover, Renée Fleming made a glamorous impression at the Proms last week…
When you look at his watercolours you tend to picture John Singer Sargent lying on his front…
Can I Be Me? (available on BBC iPlayer) is an unusual documentary from Nick Broomfield…
Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of church history at Oxford University, thinks that the Second Commandment has always posed a problem for Christians and Jews…

Briefly noted

Make Your Bed by William H McRaven (Penguin, £9.99)…
Get Over Yourself by Patrick West, Societas, £9.95 What, Patrick West asks, would Friedrich Nietzsche make of contemporary, metropolitan Westerners? Scary thought…

The theology of deacons comes of age

The Character of the Deacon edited by James Keating, Paulist Press, £13.99 In his characteristically generous foreword, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, describes this volume of essays as “an excellent resource for those in formation” for the diaconate and those already ordained…
John Bradburne: the Vagabond of God by Didier Rance, DLT, £14.99 There’s something a little unsettling about saints…
In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, shares candidly his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol…