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King Lear offers a bleak and godless world. But, when I leave the theatre, I feel hope, not despair

A 1999 production of Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Photo: PA)

And hope is not an illusion; it reflects my experience of the world. To be a Christian in faith and practice is to be genuinely human

Former Abbot Hugh Gilbert is turning out to be an impressive Bishop of Aberdeen. What a splendid Archbishop of Westminster he would have made…

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen

I still believe the speculation that that’s what Rome would have preferred was true

Thank goodness for Bishop-elect Egan. Humanae Vitae, he says, is infallible

A banner at a papal Mass in Benin (Photo: CNS)

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

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Benedict XVI greets faithful during this morning's general audience (AP)

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French President François Hollande has promised to legalise same-sex marriage

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Soon, the racist anti-Semite Marie Stopes will be on our stamps. Already, eponymous abortionists are menacing pro-life prayer. A mad world, or what?

Marie Stopes is still held up as a 'Great Briton' in Lefty circles (Photo: PA)

The wealthy Marie Stopes International is legally threatening the use of rosaries in baby pink and blue

Charles Darwin’s discovery was surely great. But let’s not dismiss all other thinkers – Aristotle or Socrates, say – who came before him

A sculpture of Darwin outside Bradford Town Hall made out of sand (Photo: PA)

G G Simpson, quoted by Richard Dawkins, suggested that the great thinkers of antiquity are now worthless

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The faithful cheer during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA)

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life

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