On 15 August we celebrate Mary’s Assumption. There is nothing in the doctrine that says Mary didn’t die. Of course she did – she was a human being. The Eastern Church celebrates the feast of Mary’s Dormition, of her falling asleep.

I know absolutely nothing about the Diocese of Ahiara in Nigeria, and nothing in this column should imply that I understand what is going on there or that I have any specific brilliant ideas to sort out a situation that has clearly become both fraught and painful.

The papers have been full of Arcade Fire, the globally popular Canadian indie rock band. That is like saying the woods are full of edible fungi. You have to know where to look.

A few days ago, I submitted my doctoral thesis. Stepping out afterwards into the sunlight, I was dazzled by the clouds and the clover and the bees, overtaken by the strange dizziness that ...

How much does the average congregation at Sunday Mass understand what is going on?

When I contemplate the 31 pages of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – more generally known as the “Great Repeal Bill” and published earlier this month – a number of thoughts occur.

Six years ago Catherine Pepinster called me to ask if I’d like to have a go at being part-time editor of The Tablet’s books pages.

There was brisk traffic on Twitter this week for images of a sign that the Pope has stuck on the door of his room: No whining.

Many Australian Catholics are feeling a bit punch-drunk. In February the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released data regarding the number of cases of abuse since 1950. There has been some dispute about how the numbers were crunched but, however you look at them, the extent of the abuse by priests they reveal is shocking and disturbing.

As those of you who read this column regularly may be aware I quite often find myself struggling for usable images of the Trinity.

Prescriptions for antidepressant drugs have more than doubled in the past 10 years, a sure sign that the national mood is on a downward curve.

I have listened to Tim Farron’s resignation speech at least four times. Mainly, it should be said, out of admiration, but my curiosity as to why he resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats remains unsatisfied.

Mea culpa. I got it wrong – profoundly wrong.

It’s summer drinks party season in west London: but the parties are muted, and there’s an air of faint embarrassment that the champagne corks are popping in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.

When serious things happen it proves hard to keep God out. After the attack against Muslims at Finsbury Park, when a van drove into a crowd in the early hours of Monday, The Telegraph included a brief round-up of MPs’ reactions.

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