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It is the basis of all other freedoms

Within living memory, this would not have been very much of an issue in Western countries. Britain, in particular, was conscious of a pride in offering true religious freedom, and of having fought a major world war in part to see that freedom upheld and sustained. It was not an absolute freedom.

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Reclaiming feminism for Christianity

Reclaiming feminism for Christianity

Earlier in the spring of this year, the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, mounted an attack on the Vatican, and the formal structure of the Catholic Church. She said that it had become “a primary global carrier of the toxic virus of misogyny” and “a bastion of patronising platitudes to which Pope Francis has added his own quota”. If the Vatican is a nest of misogynists, some of them were probably muttering subsequently that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned: Mary had been rebuffed by the Vatican in her efforts to contribute to a Rome conference on the status of women in the church.

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When the State attacks the Church

When the State attacks the Church

Behind the war against the Church, from Nero to Kim Yong-un, is the perennial and more complex problem of the relationship between the Church and the State, an unresolved two-thousand year saga of loss and gain. Turning from that vast topic, I focus on the experiences of persecuted Catholics which reveal the methods used by various States to attack, control or even destroy the Church.

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Life, dignity, and eternity

Life, dignity, and eternity
It has been said that of the two certainties in life, death and taxes, only the first is never to be mentioned at the dinner table. We shroud death with all sorts of euphemisms which serve to divert attention from the reality.
 
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Interview: The challenge of the classroom

Interview: The challenge of the classroom

Fr Matthew Pittam is a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. His book Building the Kingdom in the Classroom: A school Chaplain’s diary has caused considerable interest as a frank and fascinating account of life in a modern Catholic secondary school. FAITH magazine had difficulty catching up with him as he is a busy man – but it was well worth it.

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SEX, LOVE AND THE CATHOLIC CHALLENGE TO HEDONISM
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Fr Holloway’s 100th Birthday

Last Saturday was the 100th anniversary of Agnes Holloway giving birth to Edward.He was born just as Lenin’s revolution began. This was the beginning of changing the poor, Christian country of Russia into the powerful Marxist one. It was predicted by Our Lady of Fatima over the previous six...
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Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism

Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism
The Harvey Weinstein affair has unleashed a can of worms. There has been a series of exposures concerning sexual offences or inappropriate sexual behaviour of MPs, celebrities and others. There is no doubt that sexual harassment, carried out mostly by men, deserves condemnation and certainly ther...
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Islam and Terrorism

Islam and Terrorism
We are all aware of the horror of the terrorist attacks in recent years and of the senseless attack outside the mosque in Finsbury Park, London. It is inspiring how brave those who work in the emergency services are and how strong the community support has been in all these cases. As Christians, ...
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