- The synod without a script
As the Synod on the Family opens tomorrow, the fifth in our series looks at some of the 253 participants from around the world, and examines the gamble – perhaps a defining moment of his pontificate – Pope Francis has taken in encouraging open dialogue and debate
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Reviewing for The Tablet can be a dangerous business. The danger rises exponentially if you happen to be reviewing in the 1950s and fall foul of the famously caustic contributor, Evelyn Waugh.
The Christian community in Mosul, northern Iraq, one of the oldest in the world, has fled the city en masse. After the Islamic State (IS) issued an ultimatum giving them until noon on 19 July to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave, or be killed, many fled the city and chose the uncertainty and hand-to-mouth existence of being displaced.
It is ten years since the Church began reporting annually on allegations of abuse received by the Catholic Church in England and Wales and on standards of safeguarding.
There are an awful lot of Aunt Sally arguments going around aimed at discrediting the case against euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The conviction on 5 July of two former commanders in Argentina’s military dictatorship for the 1976 murder of Enrique Angelelli, bishop of La Rioja, marks another step towards clarifying the history of the dictatorship, and in particular the relations between the military regime and the Catholic Church.
The vote by the Church of England to ordain women as bishops changes nothing in its official relations with the Catholic Church. And yet it changes a great deal.
Anglican clergy in Australia are no longer compelled to keep confessions of serious crimes confidential, following a decision made by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia last week.
Francis has a real and instinctive gift for reaching out to people and it has been met with astonishing positivity by the Western media.
Catholic Social Thought and Practice (CSTP) addresses a wide field, including issues well beyond the competence of an economist.
Education, Education, Education was the mantra of New Labour - but beyond the din of sound bites and slick spin there was a fundamental truth that even the most obstinate of opponents recognised.