Still they argue, argue, argue. Yes he did; no he didn't. He can; he can't. What exactly did Pope Francis intend to convey by chapter eight of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia?

When the quote marks and footnotes fall away, Pope Francis finds his own voice. It’s a voice that is refreshingly immediate, savvy and down to earth, and quite unlike that of any of his predecessors...

A spy drama, the Panama Papers and the fight against corruption

06 April 2016 | by Anne Lindsay | Comments: 8
Many of us have enjoyed the BBC’s fictional Sunday night drama The Night Manager, an adaptation of a John Le Carré novel. Tom Hiddleston plays the title character, a night manager in a luxury hotel who encounters his nemesis, Hugh Laurie’s arms dealer Richard Roper, in a variety of exotic locations...

The Conservatives' insistence that all state schools should become "academies" - self-governing institutions funded directly by central Government - has only one rational explanation. Otherwise it is plain barmy. Ministers must have decided that local councils are the real obstacles to good education. So take them out of the equation and all will be well...

We are witnessing one of the most serious government crises in recent years, both over the Budget presented to the House of Commons last week and over the referendum on European Union membership which has divided the Tory party from top to bottom...

We are being urged on all sides, in the context of Pope Francis's Year of Mercy, to approach the Church for the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I wonder how many Catholics have asked themselves in response: isn't it rather for the Church to be asking us for forgiveness, instead of the other way round?

The silence of Francis faced with the 25,000 disappeared, and their families, in Mexico is especially troublesome to interpret in a kind manner, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, a specialist in Liberation Theologies and Catholic Social Teaching

In Australia Cardinal Pell is public enemy number one, but in the Vatican opinions are divided

Italy last night became the last country in Western Europe to uphold the right of same-sex couples to a civil union. Our Rome Correspondent wonders why the Church has been so silent on the issue.

On the basis of one complaint last autumn – about an alleged series of abusive episodes in the 1940s - the Church has formally apologised and paid compensation. But what happens when 'always believing the victim' collides with 'innocent until proved guilty'?

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