Cardinal Vincent Nichols came under attack from lawyers and abuse survivors for his handling of child sex abuse scandals in the Archdiocese of Birmingham at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse this week.
Last week’s shocking report into sexual abuse in two of English Catholicism’s flagship schools highlights a colossal failure of care and oversight but also marks a dramatic fall from grace of two institutions once at the heart of the establishment.
While Tablet readers may find it reasonably familiar, this world of sin, Heaven and hell must surely be alien to many contemporary fiction fans, but Harvey’s imagination, and her empathy for medieval Oakham, make this a convincing tale.
These grade II listed stations of St Michael's Church in Conway, 14 of them outdoors, used to attract Christians from many churches to follow this Via Dolorosa. This Lent, they have been deserted, just like the church. Catherine Pepinster reports