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Labour Leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at Warwick University on April 8, 2015 in Warwick, England

Podcast: what if Ed wins, the madness of Scottish politics and Catholic wars

9 April 2015 10:30

Ed Miliband could still win the general election, but what would happen next? On the latest View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan Hodges discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature on what to expect from a Miliband premiership with George… Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

25 March 2015 17:30

[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there – clergy I wouldn’t have described as conservatives, let alone traditionalists.… Continue reading

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Edward Stourton just can’t stop bashing the bishop

22 March 2015 17:40

I’ll keep this brief, but can the BBC please replace Ed Stourton as presenter of Radio 4′s Sunday programme? He is an old Amplefordian from one of the great recusant families who,… Continue reading

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Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08

Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis. Technically he has resigned. But the statement above leaves us… Continue reading

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The hit job on Cardinal Pell was inevitable: he’s cleaning out the Vatican stables

28 February 2015 13:14

Ever since Cardinal George Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to clean up the Vatican’s finances, I knew a hit job was coming; and I was doubly certain when he… Continue reading

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French secular values may not be shared by all of the country's citizens (Photo: Jean-Sebastien/Getty)

French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French schools will remind pupils how to sing the national anthem,… Continue reading

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Catholics must not breed like rabbits, says the Pope. Yes, you read that right

19 January 2015 19:56

Catholics should not breed like rabbits and gender theory is a bit like the Hitler Youth. Yup, the Supreme Pontiff is giving another of his in-flight interviews and yet again… Continue reading

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Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out

23 December 2014 18:15

How many of Pope Francis’s spiritual diseases do you suffer from? The pontiff laid out no fewer than 15 of them in an ‘exchange of Christmas greetings’ yesterday. They included ‘spiritual Alzheimers’,… Continue reading

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Pope Francis meets immigrants at the pier in Lampedusa, Italy, in July 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according to his recent comments. ‘We have to be careful and… Continue reading

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The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

22 October 2014 23:05

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, he of the two (or is it three?) girlfriends,… Continue reading

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups… Continue reading

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‘Earthquake’ in Rome as Vatican synod talks about homosexuality and divorce

13 October 2014 16:49

The Synod on the Family in Rome today caused an ‘earthquake’ – the word is being used on Catholic blogs everywhere – when it appeared to tweak the Church’s line on homosexuality and… Continue reading

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The Scottish Church showed little statesmanship or common sense during the referendum

22 September 2014 11:25

A few hours after the final result of the Scottish referendum was announced, I visited the cemetery at Cille Bharra on the Outer Hebridean island of Barra. It’s the burial… Continue reading

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Could homosexuality split the Catholic Church?

9 September 2014 15:53

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ebullient Archbishop of New York, has welcomed the ‘wise decision’ by organisers of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade to lift their ban on gay groups marching… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s jihad, the Pope vs the Vatican, and the existence of ‘The One’

21 August 2014 9:46

The murder of James Foley by an Isis fighter ‘with a London accent’ has been treated with understandable revulsion. But we shouldn’t be surprised, says Douglas Murray in his cover… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

24 July 2014 10:15

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading.  ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.… Continue reading

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Women bishops: the game’s up for Anglo-Catholics

14 July 2014 16:31

From the moment the General Synod voted for women priests in 1992, it was inevitable that it would also vote for women bishops. Conservative evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics engineered a delay… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Britain needs ‘Church schools’ and ‘faith schools’

10 June 2014 17:52

Following Freddy Gray’s piece yesterday about the pundits’ efforts to exploit the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair in order discredit ‘faith’ schools, I thought you might be interested in the statement below,… Continue reading

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Did the pope say ‘inequality is the root of all social evil’?

30 April 2014 10:52

The following blog from a Catholic commentator about the Pope’s controversial tweet suggesting that “inequality is the root of social evil” puts the row about it on Twitter into context.… Continue reading

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White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced he would take the name Francis, after Saint Francis of… Continue reading

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Podcast: Cameron’s Northern Alliance, Christianity and the left, and the end of two-party politics

27 February 2014 9:54

Is David Cameron’s new gameplan to look to the northern states for allies? Fraser Nelson is joined on the podcast by Stephen Booth of Open Europe, to discuss the influence that people… Continue reading

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The Church should be employing its moral outrage to greater effect

19 February 2014 17:45

Part of the role of the Church is to give the poorest in society a voice. It should be front and centre of the public debate about welfare reform, but… Continue reading

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Pope Francis, darling of the world?

Podcast: the fantasy Pope Francis, Labour’s immigration nightmares and the Profumo affair

9 January 2014 9:12

Is our perception of Pope Francis simply an invention of the liberal media? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Catholic Herald’s Luke Coppen and Freddy Gray discuss how the world… Continue reading

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Why Time’s Person of the Year should be Pope … Benedict

11 December 2013 11:24

It seems that everyone agrees Pope Francis should be Time’s ‘Person of the Year 2013′. Better him than Miley Cyrus, at any rate, or Bashar al-Assad, and Francis deserves it,… Continue reading

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The Catholic bishops of England could do with enlisting Damian McBride and making use of his masterly communication skills.

The Catholic bishops of England need Damian McBride’s help

6 November 2013 13:00

Most Coffeehousers are probably profoundly and justifiably cynical about anything masquerading as a consultation exercise in politics, so it might spread a little cheer to see how the Catholic Church… Continue reading

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