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Campaigners dressed as a cows protest against the Common Agricultural Policy (AP)

Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship

Iain Duncan Smith heads the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (PA)

This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Archbishop of Westminster calls rising poverty in affluent Britain ‘a disgrace’

A shopper browses Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher (PA)

If you believe that there is such a thing as truth, then you have to tell those who disagree with you, voters or not, that they are just wrong

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

When Church leaders proclaim on matters of government policy they run the risk of coming unstuck

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

What are we Catholics doing about poverty?

The economic question remains the biggest one of the age

Iain Duncan Smith is the most senior Catholic in Government (PA photo)

Work and Pensions Secretary defends his reforms in an article in this week’s Catholic Herald

Barack Obama at the White House (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The US president was waiting for the public mood to change before supporting gay marriage

Conservative leader David Cameron meets Pope Benedict at Archbishop’s House, Westminster (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Cameron has left the Church floundering

Robin Harris says that the Conservative Party and the Catholic Church in Britain have never enjoyed anything more than fleeting alliances

We need to back the authority of parents, police, teachers. ‘Children’s rights’ has led to disaster