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When can we have a debate about the ethics of overseas aid?

The Houses of Parliament (Photo: PA)

Cuts to overseas aid would make headlines, but will no one challenge Westminster’s cosy consenus

The restoration of the Friday fast is a historic day for English and Welsh Catholics

In the end, it’s obedience, not personal choice, that holds us together as a people

In the end, it’s obedience, not personal choice, that holds us together as a people

Fish on Fridays is a move in the right direction

Fish and Chips (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ decision to reintroduce the Catholic custom of Friday penance is a weekly reality check

We seem to have a problem with justice

"Lady Justice" by the British sculptor, Frederick William Pomeroy, Photo: PA

Should justice be a matter of interpreting law or a matter of rewarding desert?

Update on the Canadian ordinariate

As people look across the Atlantic to see what’s going on with the US and Canadian ordinariates, Fr Christopher Phillips tells it straight

Universae ecclesiae, Friday Penance, Feast Days

Pope Benedict with the Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland (Photo: Press Association)

It’s a big news day for Catholic geeks with the publication of the Instruction Universae ecclesiae and in Britain the results of the Bishops’ plenary meeting

Debate: Should England’s seminaries teach the Extraordinary Form?

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (CNS photo)

And what exactly constitutes a ‘pastoral need’?

The new nuncio thinks bishops should believe not just in this life but also the next

Archbishop Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, pictured with Archbishop Nichols of Westminster (Mazur)

Watch this space: if I’m right, that’s the kind of bishop we should now get

Seve Ballesteros’s funeral had a powerful sense of community. I wish we saw more of this in England

Javier Ballesteros carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros accompanied by his sister Carmen (Denis Doyle/Pool/PA Wire)

The funeral was attended not only by golf luminaries but also the ordinary people of the town

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/05/11

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

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