The familiar voters’ refrain that ‘they are all the same’ will not resonate this time

by Peter Hennessy in THE TABLET, 4 December 2019 Are we living through the most heavily freighted general election of modern times? Brexit alone would make it so. But merely to list some of the other questions in play tells a significant story. In the United Kingdom we are deeply familiar with Left/Right politics. It…

Review: Why did so many Catholics leave after Vatican II?

By Timothy P. O'Malley in 'America: the Jesuit Review', 14 November 2019 Speculation on why Catholics leave the church runs rampant in the news media. Some commentators blame impoverished catechesis and liturgy, or ecclesial reforms run amok after the Second Vatican Council. Others focus on the abuse of power among clerics, the exclusion of women…

Calls for Cardinal Nichols to resign over safeguarding failures

by Catherine Pepinster in THE TABLET, 11 November 2019 Lawyers acting for dozens of victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have called for Cardinal Vincent Nichols to resign. The call came in a letter, published below and in The Tablet this week following the Cardinal’s lengthy evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child…

The shocking lies of the election campaign, and why this matters

From Clifford Longley in THE TABLET, 9 November 2019 When Bill Deedes was appointed editor of The Daily Telegraph in 1974, he asked his proprietor, Lord Hartwell, if he had any guidance to give as to editorial policy. "Just give Conservative Central Office a ring," was his Lordship's advice. Lord Deedes, being a life-long Tory…