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Winning the Olympic Games was a great national disaster. We have reduced ourselves to a state of militaristic paranoia; the terrorists have already won

The HMS Ocean heads towards Greenwich for a pre-Oympics security exercise (PA photo)

Are they really going to shoot down aircraft over London? If not, what are those Typhoon jets for?

The billion-dollar campaign to persuade poor women they need contraception

David Cameron and Melinda Gates at the summit on family planning last week (Photo: PA)

Hundreds of millions of women apparently have an ‘unmet need’ for contraception. The concept is vague at best

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/12

The Pope pictured during Mass at St Peter's Cathedral, Frascati (AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pakistan is ruled by mob justice. And the authorities are too scared to do anything about it

People in Karachi protest at the inadvertent burning of the Koran at a US military base (Photo: PA)

The setting on fire of a man who had supposedly desecrated the Koran shows again that extremists are in charge

Yesterday’s Appeal Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom

The Royal Courts of Justice, home to the Court of Appeal (Photo: PA)

If the judgment is upheld, canon law is to be replaced by employment law

MPs are threatening to overrule attempts to allow ‘traditionalists’ in the C of E to reject women bishops. And Parliament will decide: this is an Erastian Church

A parliamentary committee may block 'special arrangements' for parishes opposed to women bishops (Photo: PA)

Anglo-Catholics should no longer expect the C of E to make special arrangements for them; it’s not going to happen

No one wants to talk about the morality of IVF

Embryos are placed on to a CryoLeaf ready to be frozen (Photo: PA)

We, too, are complicit in this silence when the question comes up with friends and we say nothing

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/07/12

Paolo Gabriele, front left, will spend several more weeks in a 'safe room' (CNS)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/07/12

The Pope attends a concert at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The gay marriage debate has made us evaluate what marriage is for

Perhaps an unintended consequence of this saga is that it has made us appreciate marriage more