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The Scottish Catholic bishops have again raised the possession of nuclear weapons as a grave moral issue, which it undoubtedly is. It is also a complex one. The point of possessing nuclear weapons is to enable a nation to threaten to do unimaginable harm to large numbers of citizens of another country.
Marriage, to the secular mind, is an invention of the state which can be amended. So if a majority think laws should not discriminate, for instance on the basis of sexual orientation, than the case for opening marriage up to same-sex couples is unanswerable. This is the dilemma that the Catholic Church...
Until Tony Blair intervened in the debate with his reminder of the significance of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, during his Sedgefield speech on 7 April, I had feared the future historians might dub this “the sleepwalkers’ general election”. Why?
Are you happy in your work? Spiritually uplifted? Such questions may be fundamental to the good of the nation and all the people in it, but would be regarded as irrelevant, even subversive, by the majority of economists, politicians and business executives.
The phone call came on a Saturday morning, when I was away in the Lake District. One of the young ex-prisoners I mentor, as part of the Longford Trust’s programme to support them through university and back into the workplace, had been arrested.
Famously, Rome’s best cappuccino is to be had at Caffè Sant’Eustachio, named for the basilica opposite the coffee house that venerates the second-century martyr St Eustace, the Roman general who, according to legend, was roasted to death inside a bronze statue of a bull.
There’s nothing quite like the forgiveness of grass. We cut it, hack it, kill it, scorch it, poison it and in a few weeks, given the chance, it comes back for us. Even if you smother grass under a foot of concrete, it won’t be long before the first green nose pops up.