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March 17th 2017

The new population bomb

European countries are desperately trying to raise their fertility rates. But nothing seems to be working

“The future is female” according to one feminist slogan…
When I spoke to Jean Vanier recently, I felt blessed…
Most television journalists, if they came to it via newspapers, retain a soft spot for print…
‘Adultery in the heart is committed not only because a man looks in a certain way at a woman who is not his wife but precisely because he is looking at a woman that way…

When Canada led the way

In this year of looking back, many on both sides of the Atlantic might think that there is nothing of great religious significance in the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, to be marked on July 1, 2017…
The Sacred Heart of Jesus symbolises God’s love for mankind…
In 1673 James, Duke of York, was forced to resign as Lord High Admiral…
After a man-made disaster like the Grenfell Tower fire, the rush to judgment can be contagious…
The great test of prose is to read it out loud…
Grayson Perry Serpentine Gallery, London, until Sept 10 Who’s a clever boy then? Grayson Perry, it seems, to his many admirers…
If you don’t love countertenors (and some don’t) the opening weekend of the Aldeburgh Festival wasn’t for you – because it was a celebration of the high male voice, and demonstrated how diverse this kind of singing has become, now it’s no longer an exotic rarity…
Harry Hallowes, who died two years ago aged 79, was an Irishman who lived in a makeshift shack in a small corner of Hampstead Heath…
Love Island (ITV2, weekdays, 9pm) isn’t a reality show, it’s a wildlife documentary…
Similarities between JRR Tolkien and AE Housman are not hard to spot…

Briefly noted

My Life – My Prayer by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard (New City, £5.95)…
Confessions of a Rabbi by Jonathan Romain, Biteback, £12.99 The author, a well-known broadcaster and rabbi of Maidenhead Synagogue, has written a sympathetic and humorous account of life among his 800 households, with the odd problems he encounters in his role…
The Enemy Within by Sayeeda Warsi, Allen Lane, £20 This apologia pro vita sua by Britain’s most distinguished Muslim politician is a well-judged mixture of anecdote, fine-grained political analysis and prophetic jeremiad against the myopic mutual gaze of the British establishment and our Muslim minorities…
Prayer in the Catholic Tradition edited by Robert J Wicks, Franciscan Media , £31 The latter half of the 20th century saw the ascendancy of buzzwords, handmaidens of fads and fashions…
Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more…