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I still think Archbishop Nichols is wrong about civil unions. But we need to be fair: there’s no way ‘he would make a good Anglican’

Archbishop Nichols is grilled by Stephen Sackur on the BBC's Hardtalk programme (Photo: BBC)

A Catholic liberal just isn’t the same thing as an Anglican one

My new Sunday Missal is the Christmas present I will cherish most

Catholic Truth Society's altar missal (this one, in white, was presented to the Pope). Photo: Pierpaolo Finaldi

Not everyone, though, is happy about the new text. For me it brings back a sense of the sacred

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/12/11

Benedict XVI lights the electronic Christmas tree in Gubbio, Italy (CNS)

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St Ambrose – the man who invented silent reading

St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

Cardinal Maradiaga compares ‘man-made’ global warming and its supposed effects with apartheid: it’s a good headline but he may live to regret it

Cardinal Maradiaga says the world's climate is 'out of control' (Photo: CNS)

Churchmen who base moral notions on current scientific certainties should remember Galileo

Alec Guinness and the Spanish mystics

Guinness rehearses Alan Bennett's Habeus Corpus (PA photo)

In his diary he says St Teresa of Avila’s autobiography must be ‘one of the greatest given to the world’

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 07/12/11

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at the end of the general audience (AP Photo)

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/12/11

Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga (CNS photo/Michael Alexander)

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

Last week, I asked Archbishop Nichols to clarify his views on civil unions: this led the CNA to ask him, too. He spoke: but did we get an answer?

Archbishop Nichols: 'Same-sex partnerships are not marriage because they have no root in a sexual relationship, which marriage does'

This is all getting to look very similar to what we have been told about the Soho Masses

In 1960 Cardinal Siri urged women not to wear trousers. I think he may have had a point

A model wears Chanel trousers in 1964 (AP)

When women wear trousers, he wrote, it flattens out the natural distinction between the sexes