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The world holds its breath Premium

18 August 2017
The world is facing the most serious threat of a nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Given the unstable characters of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the risk may be even greater this time.

Spell out immigration benefits Premium

18 August 2017
Leaders of the Conservative Government are edging towards an ever tougher tone with regard to Britain’s exit from the European Union. This is despite the fact that most Conservative MPs – and most members of the Cabinet – were in favour of Britain remaining.

The deadly upheavals in Venezuela continue to come under international scrutiny, not always from concern for its long-suffering people. Right-wing commentators take a certain satisfaction in holding up Venezuela as a compelling demonstration of how left-wing revolutionary movements invariably go wrong, as if by ideological predestination.

Women in sport lead the way Premium

13 August 2017
Plato advocated that women should take part in sport because it is good for them. Aristotle believed physical activity is an ethical responsibility. They were not wrong. Even the most sombre moralist, therefore, should be throwing her cap in the air at the way female team sports have captured the public imagination.

The deadly upheavals in Venezuela continue to come under international scrutiny, not always from concern for its long-suffering people.

Women in sport lead the way Premium

11 August 2017
Even the most sombre moralist … should be throwing her cap in the air at the way female team sports have captured the public imagination.

Two parallel conversations are going on about Brexit, with little connection between them. One is about the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the remaining 27 nations of the European Union.

The Third Battle of Ypres, universally known as Passchendaele, has epitomised for 100 years the sheer ugliness and cruelty of war.

A party split and in disarray Premium

26 July 2017
Conservatives and Brexit

Democracy on the edge Premium

26 July 2017
Poland in crisis

The Holy See is deeply puzzled by the United States of America.

In praise of workers' rights Premium

13 July 2017
Literally, Rerum Novarum means “new thing”. The title of Leo XIII’s seminal 1891 encyclical could be modified to provide a sub-title to the Review of Modern Working Practices – “another new thing”. Published this week and known as the Taylor report after its chairman, Matthew Taylor, the review looks very closely at the so-called “gig economy”

Contraception considered Premium

12 July 2017
The co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaking in London on World Population Day this week, repeated her plea to the Catholic Church to reconsider its attitude to birth control.

The Taylor report Premium

12 July 2017
Literally, Rerum Novarum means “new thing”. The title of Leo XIII’s seminal 1891 encyclical could be modified to provide a sub-title to the Review of Modern Working Practices – “another new thing”. Published this week and known as the Taylor report after its chairman, Matthew Taylor, the review looks very closely at the so-called “gig economy”

On abuse, Vatican keeps on failing Premium

05 July 2017
If reports are correct, it is impossible to see how the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ, can take up his new post.

There is a widespread and almost visceral feeling at home and abroad that the law made a gross mistake in the tragic case of Charlie Gard.

If reports are correct, it is impossible to see how the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ, can take up his new post.

A true political believer Premium

05 July 2017
Although he has been selective in how he applies it, Jeremy Corbyn believes in the power of the political mandate: politicians represent the people who voted for them, and should therefore carry out their wishes

Cardinal George Pell may be about to go on trial, but the Catholic Church is on trial too...

There must be clarity on marriage Premium

28 June 2017
Pope Francis is staying at the helm. That was the message of his sermon when he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop at the Vatican this week, indicating that he had more to do to impart his “dream” to future generations.

The common good excludes nobody Premium

21 June 2017
The fire which last Wednesday morning engulfed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, killing many of its residents, ranks as one of the worst-ever peacetime disasters. The building was clad in flammable material and went up like a firework, with people trapped inside.

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