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A copy of the most recent John Jay report into the causes of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States (Photo: CNS)

The trouble with scapegoats is that they deflect attention from the real problem

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Religion, though, she didn’t understand

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

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

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