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David Cameron is setting up a cabinet level task force to combat Islamic extremism (Photo: PA)

He has thrown away his authority as Tory leader over an issue utterly irrelevant to the nation’s problems. Is he mad?

St Agatha

The Roman martyr refused to worship the gods of the state

David Cameron and Nick Clegg joint press conference

Why does the Coalition assume the ‘Sovietisation’ of childcare is a good thing?

A seagull hovers as Benedict XVI waves during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/02/13

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

The Playboy logo is pictured in Los Angeles (AP)

Nineteen Eighty-Four is scarily prescient about porn’s impact on society

Archbishop Gomez greets Cardinal Mahony in May 2010 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/02/13

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

Israeli forces march along Israel's separation barrier (Photo: PA)

To accuse Scarfe of a ‘blood libel’ is unpardonably over the top: accusations of that seriousness should be more carefully made

Pope Benedict with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv in 2009

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/01/13

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

A family in Paraguay, like in Kenya, can't rely on a generous welfare state (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

How can we revive family life in Britain?

The family is the original safety net. But, for many of us, it’s just not there any more

An estimated 25,000 people joined a pro-life march in Dublin (Photo: PA)

Among pro-lifers decades-old grudges have been dropped and people who weren’t on speaking terms are making plans with each other