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  • A grave loss for Catholic laity

    For John Henry Newman, the ideal university was a community of thinkers engaged in study for the sake of it. In his 1852 series of lectures on The Idea of a University, England’s most notable Catholic intellectual rejected the idea of a restricted vocational education.

  • Right to life versus the right to privacy

    In a sense the Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui was Everyman. He was not known to be a particularly devout Muslim; an internet video shows this healthy young engineering student demonstrating his break-dancing; he wore a Real Madrid shirt. Yet he has murdered 38 innocent holidaymakers of whom at least 30 are thought to be British.

  • A Jesuit light goes out in London Christopher Lamb

    he most prestigious higher education institution allied to the Catholic Church in Britain is to shut its doors after 400 years. The move raises profound questions about the future of the order’s role in education in the UK

  • Gradual retreat

    Sacred Heart Parish, Wimbledon, South-west London After almost 130 years, the order decided to pull out of running one of Britain’s largest parishes where thousands attend Mass each week. It was handed over to the Archdiocese of Southwark in 2014.

  • ‘We urge you to rethink and abandon further cuts’

    The Government has said it will announce cuts to welfare payments totalling £12 billion when it unveils its emergency budget next Wednesday (8 July). Ahead of the budget, a group of Catholics has sent an open letter to the Works and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith to express their fears about the effect further cuts will have on the unemployed, the sick and disabled. We reproduce the letter below

  • Time to end the low-pay culture Neil Jameson

    The low wages paid by some of Britain’s biggest employers are to blame for the soaring benefits bill, according to Citizens UK, a grassroots movement supported by the Church

  • The massacre at Drogheda in 1649 was hardly a beach party Clifford Longley

    Saying that “Islam is a religion of peace”, as the Prime Minister has repeatedly done, may be a worthwhile sound bite to cool community tensions and soothe anxieties. It could even help Muslim community leaders bring about what it declares to be already the case, though there is also the danger that it could alienate them.

  • From the cell to the world Kristina Cooper

    Some years ago an Italian parish adapted a Pentecostal Korean evangelisation strategy to its own needs. Pecs is now recognised by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and is taking root in Britain and beyond

  • Wehrmacht Priests: Catholicism and the Nazi war of annihilation Lauren Faulkner Rossi, reviewed by Hilmar M. Pabel

    In 1998, the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, published, under the name of its president, Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, We Remember: A reflection on the Shoah. Lauren Faulkner Rossi incorrectly describes the document as Pope John Paul II’s formal apology “for the Church’s failure to challenge the Nazi regime openly during the Holocaust”.

  • Lost in abstraction Laura Gascoigne

    Writing ten years after Barbara Hepworth’s Single Form was erected outside the United Nations building in New York, the critic Lawrence Alloway wondered whether it succeeded as a public sculpture. He decided that its meaning was too hard to grasp: in the end, “it is a Barbara Hepworth and that is that”.