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Dr Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Margaret Thatcher in 1983 (PA photo)

The archbishop’s arguments were derived from Left-wing politics, not the Christian religion

The Houses of Parliament (PA photo)

Or should they only intervene when they have the weight of the Magisterium behind them?

Dr Rowan Williams says the Coalition Government is introducing radical, long-term policies 'for which no one voted' (PA photo)

That’s a nuisance; it means that our own bishops will now be cautious when they ought to speak out

Archbishop Nichols talks to another speaker at the conference (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

His view contrasts with those of Dr Rowan Williams, who this week described the Big Society as a ‘painfully stale slogan’

The first members of the Personal Ordinariate are ordained in Westminster Cathedral in January (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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The front of the compound in Abbottabad where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed (CNS photo)

As Christians we should pray for his soul

Graham Greene, right, and French Catholic writer Francois Mauriac are shown before a conference at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, in 1948. It was attended by 3,000 people (PA photo)

If so, this is bad news for the Church

Soldiers keep guard outside the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed (CNS photo/Faisal Mahmood, Reuters)

Until we know the facts, it is best to say nothing

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony

Archbishop Mennini speaks at the Mass of Welcome in his honour at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

In an interview with the Herald, Archbishop Mennini says he wants a ‘friendly’ dialogue with all sides of British society