Issue: 9 November 2013
9 November 2013
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  • A truly Catholic consultation

    Most remarkable about the consultation regarding sex, marriage and family life, in which the Catholic Church has asked Catholics throughout the world to take part, is its brave implication that things have to change.

  • Support for the living wage

    What unites the unlikely quartet of the Catholic Education Service, the Mayor of London, the management consultants KPMG and the trade union Unison? Answer – they all support the campaign for a living wage.

  • Making up the cardinal numbers Robert Mickens

    The Pope’s unerring ability to keep the Church on its toes was evident in his announcement last week of a consistory next February – leaving months for potential candidates for appointments as cardinals not only to be speculated about, but prove their worthiness.

  • Never say you did not know Frank Field and Tim Weedon

    William Wilberforce’s words ring as true today as they did two centuries ago, with slavery on the rise around the globe. Here two campaigners working in Parliament to end the trade write of their own efforts and of the work being done in the Vatican at the behest of Pope Francis

  • Bishops’ move or block Michael Sean Winters

    Catholic bishops in America have often been confrontational in their encounters with the rest of society, especially government. With mutterings of discontent from some about the new Pope, will their first gathering since Francis’ election see a mellowing in their approach?

  • Poll of the pews

    The Catholic Church is beginning a process to find out what Catholics think about matters surrounding the family – issues like divorce, cohabitation, same-sex relationships, ­contraception and the raising of children.

  • Another kind of send-off Bernard Cotter

    For 10 years of my life I was an ardent fan of Coronation Street on ITV. At the time, I was resident in a parish and preaching there; but not actively involved in pastoral ministry.

  • Liberty Hall Rick Jones

    The focus of London’s musical beam this week shifts to the new Royal Borough of Greenwich where, in the magnificent eighteenth-­century neoclassical buildings now occupied by the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the annual International Early Music Festival and Exhibition takes place.