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  • Church seeks true voice of the family

    There is a ghost hovering at the Synod on the Family, that haunts its deliberations over marriage, divorce, remarriage, women and gays. That ghost is the Anglican Communion, riven by rows that threaten its unity.

  • May fails to make a balanced case

    Publication this week of the second volume of Charles Moore’s authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher is a reminder in the week of the Conservative Party Conference of how times have changed since the last time a Tory government was in power.

  • Trying to square the circle Christopher Lamb

    The opening days of the Synod on the Family have revealed distinct differences of opinion between the participants. How can their commitment to church teaching be matched with compassion for those who struggle with it?

  • No going back Brendan Walsh

    This synod will be decisive, according to a cardinal who is close to Pope Francis and is hopeful of an outcome that will bridge the gulf between church teaching and practice

  • Anger out of Africa Helen Grady

    Why does the media only focus on homosexuality and divorce? For Africa’s prelates, poverty, hunger and the mayhem caused by Boko Haram are the issues that matter

  • Grace notes Peter Stanford

    The renowned composer and pianist tells Peter Stanford about his faith and his music ahead of the premiere of his sonata for The Tablet’s 175th anniversary recital

  • Hear the cry of the Earth Paul Hypher

    Care for the planet and the dangers of climate change, highlighted in Pope Francis’ speech to the United Nations last month, will also impact on patterns of prayer, liturgy and spirituality

  • How to Plan a Crusade: reason and religious war in the Middle Ages Christopher Tyerman, reviewed by William Purkis

    General readers have in recent years been presented with a wide range of broad-brush histories of the Crusades. Many of these books, including Christopher Tyerman’s God’s War (2006), offer narrative accounts of the origins, development and diversification of the crusading movement, with differing emphases and chronologies...

  • Reality over romance Anabel Miller

    When it came to entertainment, the Victorians loved a good tragedy – especially if it involved a morality tale and a pretty girl. So when painters were choosing subjects for their “modern life” pictures, intended to hang on the walls of middle-class drawing rooms, it is maybe not so surprising that the theme of the fallen woman was a popular choice