Child abuse is a universal problem

The avalanche of criticism of the Roman Catholic Church over child-sex abuse and cover-ups is now reaching indecent proportions, especially in the reportage of The Times. There is a sad history of anti-catholicism in countries like Britain and some shrill reporting is getting dangerously close to unpleasant prejudice rather than fearless exposure of the truth. […]

This week’s recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter

This week’s recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter

Recipe: Plaice with brown shrimp butter 4 skinless plaice fillets, about 175g each 75g unsalted butter 2 small shallots , peeled and finely chopped 250g brown shrimps , peeled a small bunch flat-leaf parsley , chopped lemon 200g spinach 4 skinless plaice fillets, about 175g each75g unsalted butter2 small shallots , peeled and finely chopped250g […]

Papal plots

This evening I had a conversation with the chancellor.  ‘I can’t decide whether to have a glass of wine, or try to write about the pope,’ I said.  ‘Do both,’ was his suggestion.  ‘I can’t drink and write,’ I replied.  ‘Not without waiting till tomorrow before hitting the send button, anyway.’  It’s about knowing your […]

A breath of fresh air for Christian music

A  breath of fresh air for Christian music

If there is one thing that Christian music needs right now, it is freshness. The old formulas have virtually been done to death. So it is to a huge welcome that Rend Collective Experiment, a band from Northern Ireland, has arrived to offer a completely up-to-date sound and a set of songs that are as […]

Religion and Politics

If politics is proving boring to the public, as pollsters are reporting, religion is not. The electorate is clearly not gripped by being treated as gullible and unintelligent as politicians vie to insult each other and fail to produce an attractive and responsible vision for the role of the state into the future. Maybe this […]

Britain should provide moral leadership, says Galilee Archbishop

BRITAIN SHOULD resume its place on the world stage, one of the Middle East’s most prominent leaders has said. Ahead of a lecture in Oxford titled ‘Educating for Peace in Israel and Palestine,’ Archbishop Elias Chacour of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said: “I long to see the UK restore its unique personality and historical […]

Pope must examine teaching on celibacy, says Evangelical leader

Pope must examine teaching on celibacy, says Evangelical leader

CATHOLIC LEADERS need to address their teaching on celibacy, the director of the Evangelical Alliance has said. As Pope Benedict XVI struggles to control the turmoil following allegations that he was involved in covering up child abuse scandals, Steve Clifford, says it is time key issues were addressed by the Catholic Church. He said: “I […]

Court prejudice against Christians needs reform, says Lord Carey

Court prejudice against Christians needs reform, says Lord Carey

REFORMS TO our legal system are necessary to protect Christians from persecution, contend church leaders including the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. Lord Carey is urging the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, and other senior judges to stand down from future Court of Appeal hearings involving cases of religious discrimination because of a […]

Preserve local news, says Bishop of Gloucester

Measures should be adopted to ensure a high standard of television news coverage, the Bishop of Gloucester said in his maiden speech in the House of Lords. Bishop Michael Perham took his seat in December but his first speech was delayed by a 12-week sabbatical. He made his comments about television news in a debate […]

Rain tax is washed up

Rain tax is washed up

RUINOUS DRAINAGE charges have been scrapped in last minute legislation, after two years of campaigning by churches and community groups. The new OFWAT charging schemes, dubbed a ‘rain tax’, calculated water bills on the basis of a premise’s surface area. Churches, sports clubs, scouts groups, and other community organisations had subsequently been hit with bills […]