Scotland is helping to bridge the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.
The teacher who inspired me Premium19 October 2017 | by Julian Coman
Julian Coman recalls how, in the 1980s, performing in the sixth-form play was a rite of passage for pupils doing English A level.
Pernicious peer pressure Premium19 October 2017 | by Rosemary Keenan
New figures show a sharp rise in depression among teenage girls. Schools have a vital role in coping with problems so often caused by social media and advertising
The head teacher of a leading Catholic school for girls shares her experience of teenage traumas.
Schools that help pupils to carve out time for reflection from their full schedules reap great rewards.
The basic moral test of a society and its laws, argues an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Westminster, is its treatment of human life at its most vulnerable. And in Great Britain, this is severely lacking when it comes to unborn life
A pro-life activist for nearly 30 years suggests a change of direction for those campaigning for the abolition of the Abortion Act
In our series looking at the origins of the Protestant Reformation, a leading German Lutheran theologian argues that the laity were already reading the Scriptures before 1517
The latest collaboration between Neil MacGregor, the British Museum and the BBC explores connections between everyday objects, structures of society and those of religious belief
Atrocities such as in Las Vegas reinforce our tendency to divide the world into good and evil. But a leading theologian argues that human desire renders us all susceptible to violence
Charles Spencer, the historian and uncle to Princes William and Harry, talks about the almost forgotten role of English Catholics in saving a Protestant king’s life
In our series looking at the Protestant Reformation, a leading historian argues that Luther’s teaching on justification by faith alone demanded a complete reshaping of Christianity
A former Cabinet Minister who quit during a Labour Party Conference reflects on the various personal and political tensions that colour a decision to leave high office
In a relatively poor and ethnically mixed area of Glasgow there is a community that had been forced to live on the periphery of the periphery. But now a project set up by Vincentian sisters is bearing fruit and helping the ethnic group’s women and children come in from the cold
It seems like a simple dispute over church teaching. In fact what we are witnessing is the clash of two fundamentally different understandings of how to be a faithful Catholic in the contemporary world and two different understandings of what constitutes the Church’s core mission
The former close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, turned champion for those with learning difficulties tells Peter Stanford her real inspiration is Jean Vanier
In the fourth part of our series on the Protestant Reformation, an American historian argues that our secularised and relativist society is the unintended outcome of Luther’s reforms
The man-made famine that killed up to 10 million people in the 1930s is becoming Ukraine’s defining national tragedy. The insistence that Russia deliberately planned the catastrophe makes reconciliation between these neighbouring countries increasingly remote
Francis on the front foot: the Pope roots his papacy more deeply in the reforms of Vatican II Premium27 September 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
With a series of recent initiatives, the Pope has rooted his papacy more deeply in the reforms of Vatican II. But as his programme becomes clearer, so has the nature of the opposition to it
Mark Dowd the former Dominican friar suggests that it is often on the uncertain and challenging edges of the Church that the sense of lived faith is greatest
Worth more than a thousand words: experiences that inspired a psychiatrist to create a 'wordless' book Premium27 September 2017 | by Sheila Hollins
Two very different experiences inspired a psychiatrist to create a series of “wordless books” to help those who find pictures easier to understand than words express themselves
There was astonishment when in 1961 the belligerent anti-establishment playwright John Osborne put the Protestant Reformation at the centre of his new play
Laying down the law: nine justices of the US Supreme Court are about to meet for the new term Premium27 September 2017 | by Michael McGough
The nine justices of the Supreme Court wield extraordinary power in America. Now, they are about to meet for a new term that is poised to produce momentous judgments
The Tablet poem Premium27 September 2017
The centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero is celebrated today in Westminster Abbey with an Ecumenical Evensong. As one of the lawyers who has worked on the case for several years explains, the search for the truth about his murder may be approaching its conclusion
Enter stage left: plays about political infighting in Westminster are successful in the West End Premium20 September 2017 | by Mark Lawson
Producers traditionally assumed that theatregoers would be bored by politics. So why are plays about Westminster infighting now enjoying successful runs in the West End?
With separatists determined to go ahead on 1 October with a vote on independence that Madrid brands illegal, Spain is suddenly faced with the real possibility of disintegration
Next month, the 500th anniversary of a Wittenberg friar’s campaign against the sale of plenary indulgences, which sparked the Protestant Reformation, is being marked all over the world. But in the England of 1517, there was barely a hint of the coming storm
For heads and hearts Premium20 September 2017 | by Raymond Friel
Falling applications for vacant headships is spurring renewed spiritual formation of lay Catholic educators, especially those tasked with leading the Church’s schools in these challenging secular times
View from Rome Premium20 September 2017
Realities, Pope Francis says, “are greater than ideas”.
In the first of a series of articles looking at the legacy of Martin Luther, an Anglican writer argues that his message has been misunderstood: honesty, not certainty, is at the centre of Luther’s intended reformation in our understanding of the nature of faith.
A tribute to Vin Garbutt (1947-2017)
What does the funding crisis mean for schools with high numbers of pupils who have special educational needs? Annabel Miller visits a Catholic school in the West Country to find out
The teacher who inspired me Premium14 September 2017 | by Ruth Hunt
I have not one, but two teachers who inspired me, and who were pivotal in helping me to understand and accept who I am.
Following religious orders Premium14 September 2017 | by Sean Whittle
How has the change to lay leadership affected Britain’s Catholic schools? Sean Whittle describes a new generation of head teachers who draw heavily from the past while steering towards the future
Five years ago, many of the children at a south London secondary school were reluctant pupils. Today all that has changed, after a remarkable turnaround that has seen St Thomas the Apostle College named UK Secondary School of the Year. Lorna Donlon reports
When Pope Francis visited Colombia this month, he found a country recovering from the trauma of 50 years of civil war. One of its victims, Ingrid Betancourt, taken hostage for six years during the conflict, recalls people who inspired and helped sustain her – from an 87-year-old fighter pilot to one of her teenage captors
Isabel de Bertodano
A 160-year-old, venerable Devon secondary school is cleaning up its act.
Hot grillo Premium14 September 2017
Grillo thrives on the hot plains and, unlike other grapes, doesn’t become cooked and jammy
The tragic face of ethnic cleansing: Francis will meet Aung San Suu Kyi in November, but action is needed now Premium13 September 2017 | by Richard Cockett
When Pope Francis meets Nobel laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi in November, the plight of the Rohingya people will be high on his agenda. But whatever help he may bring may be too late, as action is needed immediately
A century ago, Russia was convulsed by revolution. Yet the inheritors of the Soviet system and the leaders of the Orthodox Church are doing as little as possible to mark it
An ebullient Benedictine nun and campaigner for Catalan independence tells Joanna Moorhead why she is willing to wait for an end to misogyny in the Church.
With the death of the former Archbishop of Westminster, we have lost a man of exuberant faith who steered the Church in England and Wales through a time of turbulent change
‘A delightful companion’ Premium06 September 2017 | by Sir Anthony Kenny
Friend and fellow student at the English College in Rome Anthony Kenny remembers the rollicking cameraderie of the Venerabile
‘The Church reaped the benefit of his skills as a political operator’: the Cardinal's response to the sex abuse crisis Premium06 September 2017 | by Richard Scorer
The lawyer representing the victims of paedophile priest Michael Hill assesses the cardinal’s response to the sex abuse crisis and his forcing through of safeguarding changes in the domestic Church
Cardinal Cormac worked hard to get to know his clergy and, in a homily of compelling humility following the media onslaught over the Hill case, he regained their trust, respect and affection
For me, and my siblings and our families, Cardinal Cormac was always “Uncle Cormac”, writes James Murphy-O’Connor.
One of our finest living poets describes the never-ending work of carving shapes and forms that are truthful and real from words: a process that is a form of exploration and a form of prayer
Charles Darwin’s religious beliefs have long been in dispute. He carefully avoided asserting that his theory of evolution was incompatible with Christianity, but his latest biographer is in no doubt that he deliberately concealed the loss of his faith
Within the next 15 years there will be more Christians in China than in Brazil, Mexico or the United States. Hopes are high in the Vatican of a rapprochement between the Holy See and Beijing – but a veteran China-watcher believes that an imminent deal is unlikely
Is there still a ‘Catholic vote’ in Scotland? As MSPs return to Holyrood next week after the summer recess, the editor of the country’s leading Catholic newspaper argues that it could be the key to whether the Scottish National Party will retain power at the next election
Ways to say goodbye: the gap widens between family expectations and what the church is able to deliver Premium30 August 2017 | by Elena Curti
Funerals are changing, and the gap is widening between the expectations of many bereaved families and what the Church is able to deliver
When a charismatic, Kafka-quoting teacher took an altar boy under his wing, his working-class parents were delighted. The man was a Catholic priest, and it was the 1970s, so they knew that their son would be in safe hands.
Total eclipse of the soul Premium30 August 2017
Overhead, bright stars and planets appeared. Amazingly, the sun was replaced by a jet-black spot ringed with fire
Glimpses of Eden Premium30 August 2017
Had I left the garden to its own devices for too long?
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