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July 28th 2017

The triumph of “gender neutral” terminology (and ideology) continues apace…
Countless articles and letters and speeches have been written about the sorry state of Catholic sacred art in the present day, and the pressing need for its revival…
Every couple of years my TV bosses send me and others on a residential course to cope with working in a war zone…
The tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – Pope Benedict XVI’s statute which granted priests the liberty to celebrate the “old Latin Mass”, now known as the Extraordinary Form (EF) – passed on July 7 as one would have expected…
The Lord loveth not a lynch mob…
The rush by some Irish politicians to pin down the date for an abortion referendum is not just an abdication of their responsibility to mothers and babies…
Chiara Corbella The Italian wife and mother died in 2012 aged 28…

The rise of the new Malthusians

At the G20 summit earlier this month, French president Emmanuel Macron went into great detail about the problems facing Africa and possible solutions…
The last couple who lived in our house got divorced…
Is there any room today for the prophet or the oddball? In politics, even Boris Johnson, who used to cheer everyone up, is no longer the unifying entertainer he once was…
The Harlem Renaissance, the black American arts movement that coincided with the Jazz Age, celebrated black folk heritage and so-called “primitive” art and music…
The cellist Rostropovich swept around the world amassing friends, disciples and supporters; and few places offered him such generous support as Evian, the spa town by Lake Geneva, famous for its water and the super-elegant, impressively expensive Hotel Royal which sits above the town in rolling parkland…
Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life Cert PG, 90 mins, ★★★) There are, or there were, so many good classic Italian cinematographers that it is difficult, sometimes, for the layman to keep track of them…
Peter Hitchens blames the death of Anglican Evensong on The Forsyte Saga, a drama broadcast on Sunday evenings in the 1960s that tempted parishioners away from church…
As part of my glamorous jet-setting lifestyle, I recently stayed for two nights at a Premier Inn near the intersection of the M57 and the M58 on the outskirts of Liverpool…

Briefly noted

To Grow in Love by Fr Brian Grogan SJ (Messenger Publications, £11.95)…
A Pilgrim’s Guide to Sacred London by John Michell and Jason Goodwin, Argonaut, £7.99 This charming little book is an invitation to “look beyond the tile and concrete, the asphalt and plate glass” of modern London and relish the fact that “sacred things do break through this carapace”…
Making Sense of Christian Art and Architecture by Heather Thornton McRae, Thames and Hudson, £9.95 What makes Christianity unique in the realm of religion and culture is the profusion of great art and buildings it has directly inspired…
Building a Bridge by Fr James Martin SJ, Harper One, £15.99 Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay by Daniel Mattson, Ignatius Press, £14.99 In more than 40 years of priesthood, ministering to gay Catholics at Cardinal Nichols’s invitation has been one of my most daunting tasks…
Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship…