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Jimmy Savile at the BBC in 1972 (Photo: PA)

The BBC was blinded by his celebrity status. But its problems with group-think are shared by many institutions

The faithful gather for last night's candlelit procession at the Vatican (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/10/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

George Orwell: Winston Churchill read his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four twice (Photo: PA)

Orwell was one of those indispensable geniuses who transcended politics, and who Catholics too need as part of their mental furniture

Philippines School Opening

Yet Malthusianism is as fashionable as ever

Russia Annunciation

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/07/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A screenshot from the documentary Catholics. The last episode, Women, will be broadcast tomorrow evening on BBC4

Woman’s Hour this week lets two ‘good cops’ talk about women in the Church

Seminarians from Allen Hall, who featured in the documentary

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ was a worthwhile and sensitive portrayal of seminary life, devoid of sensationalism

Mexican carpenter José Ernesto Fernandez works on a chair to be used by Benedict XVI during his visit to León in March (CNS photo/Mario Armas, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/02/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Rick Santorum, left, and the Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney (AP photo)

On Sundays Santorum goes to Mass in Latin; but the BBC Washington correspondent says he’s a Protestant. What else will he get wrong?

Environmental activists dressed as polar bears Binsar Bakkara/AP/Press Association Images

The history of science is the history of one collapsing consensus after another