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Europe’s leaders are acting like the hapless ministers of pre-Revolution France

George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has proposed a referendum on the bailout (Photo: PA)

And when the inevitable finally comes, the Greeks who suffer most will be the least guilty

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Sister Elizabeth Johnson (CNS photo/courtesy Fordham University)

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The best counter to the Halloween juggernaut? Purgatory

The trashy ‘festivity’ of Halloween has risen to prominence because we are unable to face the idea of the “Church Suffering’

Why shouldn’t there be a Catholic ‘Supreme Governor’ of the Church of England?

Arthur Edwards/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After all, the Catholic Church in Malta thrived under the temporal authority of protestant governors

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Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Angelus at the Vatican yesterday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Don’t start tinkering with the monarchy, Mr Cameron!

The rightful James III/VIII. But England has an Anglican monarchy and we are better off leaving it well alone

For the sake of political posturing and ending ‘discrimination’ against women and Catholics, David Cameron is opening the monarchy up to secularisation. It is political vanity for which future generations will pay a high price

Professor Dawkins thinks that Jesus today would have been an atheist. But would Dawkins have paid any attention to Him?

Dawkins, with comedian Ariane Sherine: not a great believer AP Photo/Akira Suemor

Atheists like Dawkins have strange ideas about what we believe

Anonymous should be ignored by all Shakespeare lovers

Conspiracies about the authorship of Shakespeare have fascinated for decades, but ultimately ‘only foolish snobs don’t believe in Shakespeare’

Should pro-life campaigners compare abortion to the Holocaust?

Dr Bernard Nathanson was converted by love, not insults. AP Photo

A new American film compares abortion to the Final Solution, but is such a comparison tasteless, and does it even help the pro-life cause?

How can we say that the new translation of the Mass has been well or badly received? Most parishes don’t have the text yet

Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Roche and Pierpaolo Finaldi (Photo courtesy of Mr Finaldi)

We just can’t judge on the basis of Mass cards containing only the people’s parts