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  • Political red lines for all parties

    No party may emerge from next Thursday’s British general election with a majority of MPs in the new House of Commons. The one with the largest number may first try to form a coalition or minority government, with the aid of the smaller parties.

  • What comes first is the saving of souls

    The Synod of Bishops on the Family in the autumn is to discuss some of the most contentious and contested issues in modern theology, and it is hard to see how the Church can emerge without damage to its unity.

  • Farewell to old certainties Julia Langdon

    The rise of smaller parties and the relatively static position of Labour and the Conservatives has made the outcome of next Thursday’s poll difficult to predict. Could it be that the two-party system is on its way out?

  • Voices for the voiceless Helen O’Brien

    Everyone has the right to a roof over their head and migrants should never be detained indefinitely. A leading Catholic charity worker argues that these two principles should be uppermost for voters going to the polls

  • Coverage by conviction Michael Walsh

    During this paper’s lifetime, there have been 42 general elections, and rather more changes of government. Here a Catholic historian charts the varied political sympathies of our editors, which have often been at odds with those of the readership

  • ‘There is a new open space’ Sarah Mac Donald

    Campaigners for a progressive Catholic era spelled out their agenda in Limerick last month where they raised a range of issues from the place of women in the Church, to the environment and evangelisation. Common to them all was a growing optimism

  • How to understand Confirmation Diana Klein

    There are different notions of the meaning and purpose of this sacrament of initiation; some are more helpful and accurate than others but examining its origins in the early Church is most rewarding

  • Trumpet major Rick Jones

    In different times and cultures a particular romance has attached to the person of the trumpeter. He is portrayed as heroic and responsible and his clarion voice true and decisive. In Numbers, Moses assigned the trumpeter specific message-bearing tasks, which he played wrong at Israel’s peril.