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December 1st 2017

The Australian Church is in desperate trouble

In 2017, the Church has endured an abuse crisis, lost a same-sex marriage vote and failed to stop euthanasia. Can it recover?

Type “Maiduguri” into a search engine and the name of this north-eastern Nigerian city appears alongside reports of explosions, suicide attacks and Boko Haram…

Diversity and the Duchess

Everyone seems to agree that last Saturday’s Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan was a wonderfully “inclusive” affair, which will help to modernise the monarchy and make it more open to “diversity”…
In a TLS article in 1914 Henry James named Compton Mackenzie as the great hope of the English novel, placing him ahead of DH Lawrence among others…
For the past year, the Castel Romano Designer Outlet 12 miles south of Rome has been the site of a battle over the Sabbath…

What price cryptocurrencies?

Plenty of theologians and Christian leaders have become animated by the temptations of money…
The announcement of new cardinals always elicits the comment that the incumbent pontiff is determining his successor…

Diary by Harry Mount

I applauded loudly at Billy Graham’s last “crusade”, in New York in 2005…
Hinduism is vast, beautiful, terrifying and confusing…
I’ve always loved the movies…
When you’ve written two outstand-ingly successful operas, the pressure to deliver a third can be tough…
One of the best moments of my life was getting my first rejection email from Tom Wolfe…
Ignatian Spirituality: A to Z by Jim Manney, Messenger, 204pp, £12.95 I am not entirely convinced that “if you want a metaphor for Ignatian spirituality, basketball is a good one”, and some of Jim Manney’s entries (“Jesuit Jokes” and such) seem a little tangential…
James Ravilious: A Life by Robin Ravilious, Wilmington Square, 248pp, £17 Some people’s lives are worth remembering not because they have played a major historical or artistic role in society but because they have lived out their vocation in life with integrity and dedication…
Mark Lawson picks this month’s best crime novels In literature, as in other areas of life, good intentions do not always guarantee beneficial effects…
Lost Shepherd by Philip Lawler, Regnery, 202pp, £20 The light show has perhaps been the most jarring episode of Francis’s pontificate, if of little ultimate theological significance…

On suicide and despair

For centuries, suicide was considered an act of despair and despair itself was seen as the most grievous sin of all…