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October 20th 2017

Why Christians could be frozen out on campus

Campus censorship spells trouble for Christians – and it is being driven by professors, not students

Much has been written by scholars about the impact of Martin Luther’s reforms on the religious divisions of Europe, (the start of which is dated from October 31, 1517)…
The phrase “new evangelisation” gets thrown around a great deal these days…
Student leaders at Balliol College banned the university’s Christian Union from its Freshers’ Fair on the grounds that the Christian religion promotes homophobia and neo-colonialism…

Catholics who came in from the cold

If it can be said that MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service are classic manifestations of, and creatures of, the British Establishment, it is also true that World War II was the catalyst for a change in attitudes to Catholicism…

A new anti-Christian ideology

The strange phenomenon of the alt-right is now well fixed in the public consciousness…

The first Orthodox pope?

Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, better known as Patriarch Kirill, is in a position most of his predecessors over the last 100 years would have envied…

Don’t mention CS Lewis

In the university town of St Andrews, along the narrow road that overlooks the North Sea, there is a modest townhouse with a red door…
On Sunday October 30, bells will ring and pro-lifers will stand in silence for the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act…

Abdul was a hero? What humbug

I never knew my grandfather, Sir James Reid, who died in 1923, long before I was born…

Why priests don’t want to move

I can’t help but wonder if October 13 was the most auspicious date for the bishop’s latest clergy reshuffle to take effect…
Florian Zeller, the multi-award-winning French novelist and playwright, is having as big a success on the London stage as he is having in Paris…
Traditionally, Judas is the agent of darkness in the Passion story…
The death of Joseph Stalin might not sound like a promising starting point for a rip-roaring comedy…
Gunpowder (BBC One, Saturdays, 9pm) tells the story of the infamous plot to blow up Parliament in 1605, an act of religious terrorism that is, understandably, reviled in English memory…
The new film version of Stephen King’s It has been an astonishing box-office success, surpassing The Exorcist as the highest-grossing horror film of all time…
Faith in Conflict by Stuart Bell, Helion and Co, £25 The most shocking thing about the First World War is that it was a war among Christians…

When the Church ruled on remarriage

The Indissolubility of Marriage and the Council of Trent by E Christian Brugger, The Catholic University of America Press, £74 In the last few years, the Church has been rent with controversy over whether those who are divorced and civilly remarried can licitly receive Holy Communion…
Lessons of Hope by George Weigel, Basic Books, £25 George Weigel’s Witness to Hope was written before its subject was canonised, but that exhaustive biography vibrated with confidence that the day of universal recognition would be inevitable…
Assessing the times, the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison asks this question: “Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another? Why should we want to close the distance when we can close the gate?” Except this isn’t a question, it’s a judgment…