On the Feast of the Assumption 80 years ago, a group of priests was executed in northern Spain by Republicans. Yet the nation remains divided over the legacy of the Civil War and the anniversary of its outbreak has not been widely commemorated
Profile: Bishop Kevin Farrell - new head of Vatican dicastery of family, marriage and the laity Premium18 August 2016 | by Michael Sean Winters
Bishop Kevin Farrell, appointed to lead the new dicastery of family, marriage and the laity, brings a variety of experiences and aptitudes to his task...
Can Hillary Clinton carry the Catholic vote for the Democrats in the US presidential election? Premium18 August 2016 | by Michael Sean Winters
The US presidential campaign has become one of the most bitter on record as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump vie to be elected commander in chief in November. Catholic voters, especially the swing ones in key marginal states, could be the passport to the White House...
Lead us out of the darkness: scene of Fr Jacques Hamel's murder is a recall to the roots of Christianity Premium18 August 2016 | by Dermot Power
The scene of the terrible murder of Fr Jacques Hamel, at daily Mass in a small town, recalls the roots of Christianity and is a reminder of how so many people experience the Church
Meditation with muscles: former punk roadie using Christian meditation to help drink and drug addicts Premium18 August 2016 | by Jonathan Tulloch
In a deprived corner of the UK, Christian meditation is a frequently used tool to counter the ravages of drink, drugs and homelessness, thanks to a former roadie for punk band The Damned
Questions of inclusion Premium10 August 2016 | by Massimo Faggioli
The announcement of the commissioners who will study the possibility of a female diaconate indicates that Pope Francis wants to promote broad discussion of the issues and encourage significant contributions from women themselves
Not an end, a beginning Premium10 August 2016 | by Sheila Isaac
A-level students will be told their results on Thursday. On what can be one of the most nerve-wracking days of their lives, it is essential to be prepared with strategies to deal with the grades they achieve
The brutal murder of a parish priest at his altar has focused attention on the delicate relationship between Church and state in a land still divided over the place of religion in society
From a legacy of persecution and martyrdom, the Church has emerged as a settled part of French life, with the curé a respected figure in the community, as an English priest serving in a French diocese explains
Pope Francis’ apostolic constitution on the contemplative life for women, published last month, offers encouragement and challenges to Religious and contemporary society
Sir David Goodall Premium03 August 2016 | by Dominic Milroy OSB
Sir David Goodall who has died aged 84, was never more stretched as a diplomat than in the five years from 1982 to 1987, when as Deputy Secretary in the Cabinet Office and then as a Deputy Under-Secretary in the Foreign Office, he worked at the very centre of Margaret Thatcher’s Government.
A friend of mine is a recovering gambling addict who mentors young people with a similar problem. They are in ready supply, given television adverts that promote a potentially home-wrecking activity as a harmless bit of fun for those who can “bet responsibly”.
Could William Shakespeare and Edmund Campion ever have met? Rowan Williams tells Mark Lawson why he has created an encounter between them by way of a play
We must obey the will of the people ... at least for the moment. But should we respect it, any more than we respect other, self-defeating policies endorsed by majority opinions throughout history? And is there an alternative?
A group of priests and theologians have taken the unprecedented step of writing to the College of Cardinals censuring Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation and demanding clarification. But putting out definitive statements is not the Catholic way..
Poland plays a waiting game: how senior clergy are biding their time for a more conservative pope Premium27 July 2016 | by Jonathan Luxmoore
The Polish bishops will have given Pope Francis a suitably polite welcome on his arrival in Krakow this week. But behind the scenes, they are determined to ignore most of what he says and sit out his papacy in the hope of getting a more conservative successor
Ideas of a Catholic university Premium27 July 2016 | by Clare Watkins
A pastoral theologian with experience of both Heythrop College and Roehampton University reflects on the meaning of Catholic education after the failure of their partnership
The Nice attack has changed the mood in France. Public confidence in the government is wavering, and the gulf between Muslims and the secular majority grows apace
The sharp rise in racist incidents since the EU referendum has put fear into the hearts of Britain’s migrant communities. With years of negotiations ahead, their uncertainty is likely to get worse
It’s a small world: Jupiter may be a giant planet but it is a very small community that studies it Premium21 July 2016 | by Guy Consolmagno
On 4 July, the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, beginning its mission to probe the interior of our solar system’s largest planet. It has only just started collecting data and the first results are not expected until September; undoubtedly it will be years before we really know what we have found there.
Which way does God face? Premium14 July 2016 | by Mark Francis
The Vatican’s most senior liturgist recommends that the priest celebrating Mass should face east. But there are powerful theological and pastoral reasons why he should not
On Tuesday, the governors of the eminent Jesuit higher education institution meet to decide whether they can agree on a plan to save their college. If they fail, a series of missed opportunities and misunderstandings could signal the end of 400 years of the order’s teaching
Britain’s outgoing man at the Vatican discloses the highs and lows of his five years in the job to Christopher Lamb
No end of a lesson Premium14 July 2016 | by Jonathan Shaw
The obsessive control exercised over policy by Tony Blair and his inner circle was a key reason why bad decisions on Iraq went unchallenged. Without reform, they will be repeated
Theresa May’s appointment as Conservative leader and Prime Minister invites comparisons with Margaret Thatcher. But there is another politician with whom better parallels can be drawn
This has been an extraordinary few weeks for our two biggest political parties, with passions running high and language struggling to keep pace. On the Tory side, we have had accusations of “treachery”, “treason” and “betrayal” by a prominent “back stabber”.
It is 50 years this autumn since Catholic scholars produced the first translation of the Bible into modern English. Now there are whispers of a revised edition...
The Chilcot Report into the Iraq War was finally due to be published this week. Tony Blair’s powerful religious beliefs were key to Britain’s involvement in the conflict
Peering over the edge Premium06 July 2016 | by Ulla Gudmundson
The shock waves of the British referendum result are spreading uncertainty far and wide. What concepts in Catholic thought can we cling to in this most uncertain of times?
What lies beneath Premium06 July 2016 | by Melanie McDonagh
A cardinal virtue – the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason – turns out to be an inspiration for confronting one’s sins as well as clearing the house
According to the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, “Facts, like telescopes and wigs for gentlemen, were a seventeenth-century invention.” Few uncontested “facts” were in evidence during the debate over whether to leave or remain in the EU, although before the vote the UK’s wine trade body was in no doubt.
Tablet interview with Elizabeth Prodromou: one of a 'thimbleful of women' at the Orthodox Council speaks to Tom Heneghan Premium05 July 2016 | by Tom Heneghan
In the sea of long black robes and white beards at the recent Orthodox Council in Crete, there was “a thimbleful of women” present to remind the male delegates there of the real world outside their closed-door conference. There were only three of them among the 290 participants and two were nuns (from Greece and Albania)...
Welcomed by Russia, China and far-Right leaders across Europe, the referendum result threatens the prosperity of the City, our trade with the US and the wider world, and our relations with the Commonwealth. At least the Holy See will continue to have regard for Britain
The UK referendum and the forthcoming US presidential elections herald a world in flux. Next week’s Nato summit in Warsaw will show the alliance has tensions of its own
The first Pan-Orthodox Council for 1,200 years ended with hopes for the future
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