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  • Weapons that are keeping the peace?

    The Scottish Catholic bishops have again raised the possession of nuclear weapons as a grave moral issue, which it undoubtedly is. It is also a complex one. The point of possessing nuclear weapons is to enable a nation to threaten to do unimaginable harm to large numbers of citizens of another country.

  • Suitable case for mercy

    Marriage, to the secular mind, is an invention of the state which can be amended. So if a majority think laws should not discriminate, for instance on the basis of sexual orientation, than the case for opening marriage up to same-sex couples is unanswerable. This is the dilemma that the Catholic Church...

  • Is God a liberal? Julia Langdon

    The Liberal Democrats claim to have used their first taste of power in generations to block Conservative policies specifically on grounds of ‘love for your neighbour’. Continuing our series on the parties’ relationship with Christianity, we look at their record in government

  • Profits before people Terry Philpot

    The last 30 years have been characterised by a growing dependence on private companies to provide public services but there has been a human and economic cost to letting the market determine price

  • A rum affair in Demerara John Fox

    A colonial dispute involving drunken priests, misappropriated funds and scandalous relationships was fiercely denounced by this paper’s founding editor

  • Enter, political stage left Robert Philpot

    Even a favourite candidate for the US presidential nomination can stumble. Were Hillary Clinton to lose momentum in her bid to be the Democrats’ candidate, there is a rival in the wings

  • United in harmony Frances Novillo

    The Migrants’ Mass on 4 May in London will bring together Catholics from around the world. It gives an insight to the rich musical heritage that people from many countries can also bring to their parishes

  • Alfred Hitchcock Peter Ackroyd, reviewed by Robert Bathurst

    Searching through the bookshop at an arts cinema can be lowering; film buffery can suck the life out of any movie. When Alfred Hitchcock was interviewed by François Truffaut and asked about the deeper meaning of his films, Hitchcock deflected his questions. His only aim, he said, was “to make the spectator suffer”.

  • The body beautiful Laura Gascoigne

    The words “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” are now so familiar that, in the way of famous quotes, they’ve taken on an independent life. So it can come as a surprise to be reminded that they occur in Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn.