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As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

The Irish Catholicism that used to define so many English cities now seems as remote as Newman and Manning

Showing our love for Christ in the most public way possible can have a great power

The masculine-specific language of Father and Son isn’t arbitrary or replaceable

The life of the novelist was overshadowed by death

The dispute between two men with vitally important tasks at the Vatican is deeply troubling

‘Gay and Catholic’ is an ‘honest, humble, humorous and courageous’ memoir

The baroness is catastrophically misinformed about the Third World

‘From the Kippah to the Cross’ charts the journey of a remarkable Jewish convert