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Clifford Longley

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  1. ‘Aristotle thought virtue could be learned. I’m happy to say scientists have proved him right’
  2. ‘The reality of marriage breakdown is rarely as easy to explain as John Paul seemed to think’
  3. ‘Tabloid newspapers in Britain felt free to cut ethical corners to get sensational headlines’
  4. ‘No party sees votes in promising that our grandchildren will be better off than we are’
  5. ‘Across the developed world, not one in 10 Catholics accepts Humanae Vitae’
  6. ‘Some politicians seem prepared to put Britain’s reputation for tolerance at risk’
  7. ‘The common good needs definition, only it cannot be defined by economists’
  8. ‘It is truly amazing how generous Catholics are in their willingness to forgive the Church’
  9. ‘Shrinking local government fits into an ideological desire to shrink the state itself’
  10. ‘To the English mass media, the Strait of Dover feels wider than the North Atlantic’
  11. ‘Theology of the Body contains no hint of Kinsey or of Masters and Johnson’
  12. ‘Trust in politicians is at an all-time low when inequality is at an all-time high’
  13. ‘It was something God did to me, in me, for me, at that moment’
  14. ‘When secular opinion needed resisting, the Church undermined its own defences’
  15. ‘The torrent of bad publicity for Ukip would have destroyed a normal party’
  16. ‘Making a mess of the coverage of religion is now a risk the media is prepared to run’
  17. It’s a mistake to let government ministers of any persuasion to define Britishness
  18. People are turning against the principle of the free movement of labour
  19. Hume and Worlock returned from Rome having had the door slammed on their fingers
  20. A Church ill at ease with itself
  21. Ed Miliband’s vision makes perfect sense in the mind of Jon Cruddas, but not in Ed’s
  22. A factor is the irresponsibility of letting anti-aircraft missiles fall into the hands of militias
  23. Logically, the Church should be defending the indissolubility of second marriages
  24. Israel’s right to exist in principle ought to be treated as an article of faith
  25. Privacy matters most to people who are up to something they wish to hide
  26. Taking a daily pill to prolong the period of infertility simply mimics how nature operates
  27. An economic system must serve the interests of everyone
  28. The poverty divide between marrieds and non-marrieds is shocking
  29. Ed Miliband said he had a better vision, but he hasn’t sold it to us
  30. Market fundamentalism, or neoliberalism, has become an unstoppable juggernaut
  31. The solidarity and sense of the common good of wartime Britain is a lost memory
  32. Politicians have noted that sympathy for the poor is waning in British society
  33. Islamic extremism asserts that for a Muslim there is only one identity and it isn’t British
  34. One common critique behind the rejection of political elites is their lack of virtue
  35. The danger with appealing to science is that the argument is open to scientific refutation
  36. Too meek for today’s politics
  37. Thanks to official negligence, Jimmy Savile got away with it right to the end
  38. Margaret Thatcher forgot Original Sin. She was, in fact, a Pelagian
  39. Conservative clergy, armed with theology textbooks, have little to offer families
  40. Work is there to be enjoyed, not suffered
  41. ‘The first result of coalition government is a bonfire of the manifestos’
  42. Protestant destiny and working-class solidarity no longer cement the Union
  43. A way forward would be to accept that not all marriage needs to be sacramental
  44. Some on the left suspect Blue Labour because of its Catholic associations
  45. Catholic moral theology still sometimes sounds ‘as if’ Creationism were true
  46. The massacre at Drogheda in 1649 was hardly a beach party
  47. This does not smack of the supreme law of the Church, the salvation of souls
  48. Plainly the drafters of the 1961 Suicide Act wanted to have their cake and eat it
  49. It isn’t just Jeremy Corbyn’s prospectus which belongs in cloud cuckoo land