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The Catholic work ethic

The idea that Protestants invented capitalism is a myth. In fact the system dates back to the 9th century and the great monastic estates

Jack Scarisbrick says that Eamon Duffy’s new study of the period is a must-read

The great Tudor Bible myth

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To this day many believe that the Catholic Church refused to give people the Bible and religious instruction in English

A leap across the great divide

Thanks to astonishing ecumenical advances, Catholics can recognise – and even give thanks for – the witness of Martin Luther

Get thee from the nunnery

The Reformation may have caused women’s religious roles to be set back centuries

The true history of celibacy

The debate on married priests is damaged by myth-making. History shows that married men, if ordained, had to live continently

Pope makes forthright remarks about state of the Church