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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?

Prince Harry has been admirable in disclosing his feelings about the loss of his mother at the age of 12, and how that grief affected him 20 years down the line…
I am in the book-lined study of a flat deep in the shadow of Westminster Cathedral…
Before the ninetieth birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Easter Sunday, Tracey Rowland published in these pages an appreciation for what she called a “Ratzinger Revolution” – a theological foundation on which, she predicts, future scholars and pastors will rebuild a Church damaged by secularism…
Clergy, accountants, teachers, business managers, social workers, parents – that’s just the beginning of a long list of vocations whose job involves solving problems face to face…
I am writing this on Maundy Thursday…

What happens right after we die?

As Catholics, we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the renewal of all things when Christ comes again in glory…
Last week Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, a Salesian, spoke out against US President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria…
They say ignorance is bliss and I’m starting to believe it…
Fay Weldon’s new novel, the absurdist satire Death of a She Devil, is certain to be a bestseller…
The moment the curtain goes up at Drury Lane you know 42nd Street is going to be a huge popular success…
The idea of taking listeners or viewers on a “journey” through a work of art is such a TV cliché that I hate to trot it out…
Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be…
Why is polygamy illegal? Marriage used to be defined as one man plus one woman with the potential, in principle, to have kids…
Peter and Paul are attracting new interest in Rome…

Briefly noted

Catholic Stories for Children: Sunday Football / Best Friends Forever by Anne Joachim (Amazon, £2.99 each)…
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum By Roger Buck, Angelico Press, £17.50 Roger Buck, a convert to the Church after decades-long association with New Age spirituality, has written a serious work…
What Are They Teaching The Children? Edited by Lynda Rose, Wilberforce, £12 Not a day seems to pass these days without a story in the newspapers about students or universities banning books or speakers for being “offensive”…
In God’s Hands: The Spiritual Diaries By Pope St John Paul II, William Collins, £25 As many will remember, John Paul II’s longtime secretary and confidant, Stanisław Dziwisz, did not burn the “personal notes” left by the late pope, as John Paul had instructed in his will…
The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history…