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Iris Murdoch – one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, perhaps, but was she a philosopher?

Iris Murdoch’s fiction still stands up 30 years after its publication, but what about the moral questions it posed?

St Paul’s Cathedral may be closed over Christmas. The question is: will it really matter, even to Anglicans?

William Hill offers 100 -1 that St Paul's is still closed at Christmas

Anglican cathedrals aren’t the centre of their dioceses: and the St Paul’s clergy don’t all believe in Christmas

I could not accept a reduction in the abortion limit if it excluded the disabled

MP Nadine Dorries wants to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks by 2015

Nadine Dorries would like to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks, yet as the mother of a Down’s syndrome daughter I could not support her proposal

Gaddafi’s death was barbaric. In this case, though, all the alternatives were worse

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed yesterday by rebel forces. Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

A lynch-mob is a frightful thing. But just as William Hague was right to say that we don’t approve of extra-judicial killings, is a judicial killing in cold blood any better?

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Cardinal Pell greets Benedict XVI during the Pope's meeting with Australia's bishops yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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St Augustine is a guide to what it means to be human

St Augustine and his mother, St Monica, by the French painter Ary Scheffer

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/10/11

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which will release the document on global finance on Monday (CNS)

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If only the residents of Dale Farm had been treated with more mercy

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop

The Spanish case is shocking: but we cruelly remove children from ‘undesirable’ families too

If we are going to adopt morally superior attitudes, we had better be sure we are actually morally superior

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/10/11

Benedict XVI waves at today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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