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Smacking laws are unworkable products of Left-wing middle class diktat

David Lammy: working-class parents feel powerless to discipline their children Photo: Johnny Green/PA

Smacking is not abuse and parents should not be penalised for it

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Benedict XVI delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Mexican carpenter José Ernesto Fernandez works on a chair to be used by Benedict XVI during his visit to León in March (CNS photo/Mario Armas, Reuters)

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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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Benedict XVI at this morning's audience (AP)

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Dawkins predicts religion’s early death: the Pope warns that ‘in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of being snuffed out’. But they are saying very different things

Benedict XVI leaves vespers at St Paul Outside the Walls last week (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is leading a renewal of the faith, not predicting its demise

Regrets? Some of those onboard Costa Concordia may have a few. Then again, so should we all

Edith Piaf pictured on a US stamp (AP Photo/USPA)

No one in their right mind – certainly no Christian – can sing ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ and really believe that it’s true

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Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan (CNS)

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Seventy years of Desert Island Discs has shown one thing very clearly: it’s never just about the music

Duke Ellington (AP photo)

We all have our eight choices: but do we understand how much they reveal?

At last I can start to understand the American Civil War

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on