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Anthony Hopkins stars in The Rite (courtesy of New Line Cinema)

The American Gothic – from The Exorcist to Scooby Doo – deals with the shadows that have not been banished by the Enlightenment

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, are pictured at a joint service yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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In 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae (PA Archive/Press Association Images)

That was in 1967, the year before Humanae Vitae. I wonder what Barbara Ward would think now

Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by supporters at a news conference in New York (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

Catholic voluntary leaders at Liverpool Hope University meet to discuss a new 'culture of social responsibility' (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Imaginative Catholics can help to secure a new civil settlement for our times, says Greg Clark

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during the Angelus (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Catholic school children wait for the Pope at Twickenham during the September 2010 papal visit AP Photo Peter Macdiarmid

Some bishops are demanding RE as part of the English Baccalaureate. But why? In Catholic schools, 90% lapse

Benedict XVI, described by some as the "green Pope", takes a walk in the Alps (CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano)

Can a Catholic support environmentalism, or is the modern green movement entirely incompatible with Church teaching?

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Wenzel Peter

Isn’t the BBC supposed to educate? Why, then, is it spreading ignorance in this way?

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party in England and Wales and the party's only MP (Gareth Fuller/PA)

But that’s Australia: surely our own dear Greens are more wholesome? Don’t you believe it