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Shakespeare is for all time; Britten is of ours

The ENO's new production of Britten's opera is set in a boys' school

The ENO’s reductive production of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes the composer very much of our time

Obama’s speech in Westminster Hall was heavy: but his big speech in Ireland was simply fraudulent

President Obama drinks a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall, County Offaly, during his visit to Ireland (Photo: Press Association)

Obama’s crude bid for the Irish American vote deserves to fail

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Now that the bishops have reinstated fish on Fridays, the tradition of wearing a head covering at Mass could also be revived

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

The existence of the seal of the confessional reminds us that these things belong firmly in the internal forum

Nobody has any right to know about the sex lives of footballers and incompetent bankers

Sir Fred Goodwin, former chairman of RBS (Photo: Press Association)

But such is the obsession with these things that only 1 in 5 agree

No one has ever written about passion like Iris Murdoch

Religion, though, she didn’t understand

The Pope has made clear the older rite is here to stay

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the old Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo)

The Instruction insists that the whole Church should have access to its riches, says Dr Alcuin Reid

The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo)

There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite

Very few Brits understand how appalling our record in Ireland really is

Of course we must open ‘a new chapter’: but before we do, we must read and acknowledge the old one

It is not enough for our bishops to be caring. They must speak unpalatable truths

Archbishop Longley: 'The kindest priest you could possibly hope to meet'

Our bishops are generally holy men. But we ought to distinguish between private piety and the public office