12 April 2014 | by Alex Walker

A married priesthood would right many wrongs

Pope Francis has indicated he is open to the possibility of allowing married priests, but as The Tablet reports this week, he says it is up to individual bishops’ conferences to reach a consensus on the issue first and then petition Rome.

11 April 2014 | by Fr Tim Buckley

Scripture's not so clear on divorce

The debate about whether those in so-called “irregular marriages” should be readmitted to Holy Communion is a hot topic. People, including some of the cardinals, are weighing in on all sides and if we are not careful, it could become a singularly unedifying spectacle.

Following criticism over spending $2.2m (£1.3m) on a new home, the Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton Gregory has decided to sell up while in Germany the Bishop of Limburg, who spent an outrageous €31m on his, has had his resignation accepted.

Artists, said Pope Paul VI, are masters of “rendering accessible and comprehensible to the minds and hearts of our people the things of the spirit, the invisible, the ineffable, the things of God himself.”

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has burst on to the global religious media stage thanks to an interview he gave recently to the anti-abortion website LifeSite News.

These are interesting times for economics. Just as growth is returning to the UK economy, more and more people are daring to question whether economic growth is a good thing.

28 March 2014 | by Ben Ryan

Adoption agency's victory not all it seems

The debate over Catholic adoption agencies and the right of homosexual couples to adopt has been rumbling a long time now, and seemed to be pretty well one-way traffic as Catholic agency after agency failed to make a strong case.

It is clear from recent studies outlined by Jeremy Sutcliffe in this week’s Tablet Education Supplement that England's schools are under-achieving in maths. While I cannot deny that maths teaching requires improvement, there are a number of factors hindering the nation’s success in the subject.

20 March 2014 | by Daniel Kearney

Forget chocolate, try giving up social media

Whether or not you keep your Lenten pledge doesn’t really matter. Lent, thankfully, is not (or should not be) about whether we give up chocolate, crisps or alcohol – we are, invariably, the only beneficiaries of such heroic feats of abstinence.

20 March 2014 | by Jim Scott

All change in Spain

On 11 March Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid presided over a state memorial service in Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral on the tenth anniversary of the Madrid train bombing which left 191 dead and almost 2,000 injured.

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