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New Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham Fr Robert Byrne (Mazur/

Is Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment a sign of things to come? How many more orthodox bishops can we now expect?

Bishop-elect Robert Byrne (Mazur/

Fr Robert Byrne will serve as an auxiliary bishop in Birmingham

Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

Bertrand Russell: 'The contrast with the humourless Dawkins is total' (Photo: PA)

This really was what at one time I would have called ‘my bible': seeing that Bertrand Russell was just wrong wasn’t easy

Mgr Keith Newton celebrated mass at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory(Photo: Mazur/

Mass featuring new liturgy celebrated at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory

Pope Francis in silhouette during a private audience today (AP)

Pope Francis is sometimes unnerving. But he is after all the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. To some Catholics who claim to defend orthodox belief that means nothing

Peter Jennings with Archbishop Vincent Nichols

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster says ‘Peter will be sorely missed’

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a great day, not simply for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Ordinariate, but for the whole English Church

Archbishop Longley preaching at the Blessed Dominic shrine Church of St Anne    and Blessed Dominic, in Lancashire

Archbishop Bernard Longley has a strong devotion to the Italian priest who received Blessed John Henry Newman into the Church

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, June 1942 (Photo © George (Jürgen) Wittenstein / akg-images)

Both Sophie and her fellow German Joseph Ratzinger were inspired by Newman’s writings on conscience