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Cardinal O’Brien often colourfully says what needs to be said; but his personal attack on David Cameron and his pronouncements on taxation were just embarrassing

Cardinal O'Brien with Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister (PA photo)

Senior Churchmen should stay within their area of technical competence

Africa’s problem is too much poverty, not too many people

Madagascar’s problems would not be solved by handing out condoms

How much harder it is to raise Catholics today than it was during the Pope’s childhood

Despite tremendous hardship, the Bavaria in which the Ratzingers were raised was a happy place

The sad story of Oceania’s patron saint

May St Peter Chanel bless all those who read this blog!

At 85, Pope Benedict is more inspiring than ever

The Pope pictured with his brother on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Seven years after his election, he continues to show great trust and humility

It’s a great pity that the Labour Party has forgotten its past

All political parties have forgotten their roots; perhaps that is why politics is so irrelevant

Melinda Gates is missing the point about contraception in the developing world

Melinda Gates is critical of Church teaching on contraception (AP photo)

Expensive birth control programmes come with an agenda

Will the UK courts and the ECHR really nullify the Government’s intention not to permit gay marriage in church? If so, what will the Soho Masses crowd do then?

More to the point, what will our bishops do to prevent them?

Nadine Dorries is right – poverty is the biggest issue facing us

Health and Social Care Bill debate

Rightly or wrongly, the prime minister and chancellor do not give the impression that they care about the poor

The pope moves towards the SSPX and against all those radical feminist nuns. The old ‘reactionary’ back again? No: those liberal clichés are as silly as ever they were

Joseph Ratzinger has always said ‘no’ to heresy: but only so the Church could say ‘Yes’ to God