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Topic: Catholic Herald Weekly Debates

Debate: Is the Catholic Church in its best shape ever?

Or is the Church actually in the grip of a crisis that threatens its very existence?

Debate: Is giving up alcohol, chocolate or biscuits the best way of marking Lent?

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

Debate: Is modern church architecture always hideous?

Or are there some modern churches that really do inspire devotion and raise people’s spirits to God?

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Debate: Is it ever right to advise someone not to become a Catholic?

Should we always encourage people to convert or can there be good reasons not to cross the Tiber?

Debate: Have the SSPX-Vatican talks been a waste of time?

Or are they a crucial step along the way towards unity?

Debate: Is the new Mass translation worth all the bother?

Will it enhance the liturgical life of the Church, or is it just a lot of extra hassle for priests?

Debate: Is L’Osservatore Romano undermining the Church?

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

Debate: Can Catholics take the horror out of Halloween?

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

Debate: Will the Ordinariates help revitalise the Church?

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