16 August 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

Glimpses of Eden

Like Picasso, our little back garden is going through its blue period.

Authenticity, as much as you can define it, is the greatest thing of all.

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.

As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited visit to Dublin for the World Meeting of Families next weekend, the mood among Ireland’s Catholics is both tense and expectant, as The Tablet’s correspondent in Ireland explains.

Conditions in Britain’s overcrowded jails are horrific, according to official inspectors, making the vital work of ministering to often violent prisoners extremely challenging.

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James Alison, a leading theologian, has described the trap of dishonesty and silence that snares every gay priest. Here, in the second on two articles, he argues that with lay Catholics increasingly recognising that being gay is a normal part of life, clerics no longer need to fear being truthful about their sexuality.

A friend and fellow bishop remembers Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Hunthausen of Seattle, who died last month aged 96, not only as an anti-nuclear campaigner who crossed both President Reagan and John Paul II, but also as a man of dialogue, integrity and prayer.

In ‘Francis: A Man of His Word’, film director Wim Wenders turns his lens on Jorge Bergoglio – with mixed results. But what does shine through is Francis’ attractive character

On 9 September the Eucharistic Congress “Adoremus” will climax with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Liverpool. A little more than a century ago, permission for a similar procession was refused – on the orders of the King

08 August 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

Glimpses of Eden

Bats about the curlew

The wines of Britain’s oldest continuous ally are Europe’s best-kept secret, still little appreciated beyond Portugal itself.

Falling numbers of laity and clergy are putting many Catholic churches in jeopardy. But in the diocese of Lancaster Bishop Paul Swarbrick is exploring innovative ways to preserve what he calls the ‘fabric of our story and identity’

This summer Heythrop closes its doors to students for the last time. But why did more than four centuries of Jesuit teaching in this elite English Catholic college have to end? We can reveal now the politics and the passion behind the death of a venerable institution

Dante’s passage through Hell is one of the greatest poems ever written. It can also offer a recovery programme for addicts and hope for anyone whose life has fallen into darkness

Hundreds of theologians were in Sarajevo last week to speak and listen to formal presentations on subjects ranging from the media and migration to gender issues and the environment. But the real passion came from the personal stories told informally over a meal


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