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Bishops deferred to authority and priests and seminarians mainly followed suit. The lesson? That we must always speak out when our conscience is challenged


The economic crisis, corruption and political dysfunction have left the Irish longing for a vision of society that has more to it than property prices. Is the Church up to the challenge?

Defeat in the general election can be the start of something positive for politicians

Don’t be fooled by appearances: the meek-looking Bishop Alessandro has the heart of a lion and is putting his life on the line in northern Kenya

Not turning up to vote displays a lack of charity towards fellow citizens

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways

A proper love of Creation is firmly rooted in the Bible

Mary would be the very best name of all for the new arrival

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, says chastity is not abstinence, but a virtue that can help us all love more fully

Luther’s criticism of Aristotle does not seem important today. Nor will today’s political fads in the future