Book review: Roman burial art reveals forgotten women of Christianity

CRISPINA AND HER SISTERS: WOMEN AND AUTHORITY IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY By Christine Schenk, CSJ 480 pages; Fortress Press; 2017 Review by Laurie Brink in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 11 July 2018 Is there such a thing as reverent glee? If so, then that's how I would have described St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk as…

Why the Church Should Change Her Mind on Priesthood, Sex and Gender

This is the text of the lecture by Terry Wright, Emeritus Professor of Literature at Newcastle University, given at Holy Name, Jesmond on Wednesday 4 July. Change is not a word that trips easily off the Catholic tongue. There’s a type of ultra-traditional Catholic, often active on social media, who argues that the Church has…

The pope says God made gay people just as we should be – here’s why his comments matter

From Ruth Hunt,  chief executive of Stonewall UK, in THE GUARDIAN, 21 May 2018: It is immensely powerful to hear that Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic church, reportedly told Juan Carlos Cruz, a gay man: “God made you like this and loves you like this.” Cruz is a survivor of clerical abuse who…

Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

From Stephanie Kirchgaessner in THE GUARDIAN, 20 May 2018: A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church. Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately…

Review: ‘Too Many Pills’ by James Le Fanu — stop taking the tablets

By Gavin Francis in THE TIMES, 19 May 2018: One of my elderly patients, a delightful housebound woman called Agnes, has very high blood pressure, a condition that puts her at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. For years I attempted to reduce Agnes’s stroke risk with medications, but after a week or…