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June 16th 2017

The war we’re not fighting against ISIS

Islamic extremists recruit their fighters with slick propaganda about Christian history. Exposing the lies should be part of our strategy

Once upon a time, there was a very fine New Zealand-born surgeon called Archibald Mc-Indoe who became a renowned pioneer in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery…

Why the Church fights the Masons

The mutual antagonism of the Catholic Church and Freemasonry is well established and longstanding…
Tum-diddyumtum-tumtum…

A vision of unity

Sitting in a church in suburban Athens on a sweltering evening recently, I attended the Paraklesis service, a daily supplication to the Mother of God which takes place from August 1 until the Assumption…

The hardest task of marriage

I have always been terrified of marriage…

Romero’s road to Calvary

This month, a flood of pilgrims will make their way to the small town of Ciudad Barrios in El Salvador…

The tragedy of German theology

Otto von Bismarck, the 19th-century Chancellor of Germany, tried and failed to bring the Catholic Church to heel…

Do spiders belong on cathedrals?

Catholics in the Canadian capital Ottawa were shocked late last month when a giant mechanical spider appeared on the Cathedral of Notre Dame…
The portrait hanging in the debating chamber of the Oxford Union shows a rather grumpy looking old boy seated in an armchair, heavily bearded and clutching an unlit pipe in his right hand…
My bank is closing in November…
Tennessee Williams, who was never afraid to be big and theatrical, always thought Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was his best play…
Composers don’t write music for their diaries: it’s intended to be heard…
A Ghost Story (★★★, cert 12A, 92 mins) could well lay claim to being the most quietly transcendental film ever made about the benefits of moving on – but it has a funny way of showing them…
Celebrity Big Brother is back and it’s time someone sued it for false advertising…
On my occasional visits to Westminster Cathedral, I sometimes pause to watch other visitors as they arrive…

Briefly noted

Morning Homilies IV by Pope Francis (Alban Books, £14.99)…
Father Brown and the Ten Commandments by GK Chesterton, Ignatius Press, £13 Never having read any of Chesterton’s Father Brown stories before, I found this book a treat…
The Creed by Scott Hahn, Emmaus, £12.99 Valentinus, a heretical priest of the 2nd century, was uncomfortable with the idea of God being a Father…
The Marian Antiphon of Francis Bernardone by Sr Ruth Agnes Evans, Tau Publishing, £14 First, what a wonderful title…
The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naïvety of childhood…