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Bannon’s emerging anti-Francis movement threatens church unity

By the Editorial Staff of The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 23 April 2019 Pope Francis, known for kissing the feet of Muslims, warning about the dangers of fossil fuels, and speaking prophetically on the spiritual death of wall building, has earned a reputation as the anti-Trump. What we've learned about Donald Trump over the past…

What kind of people throw rubbish out of their car window? It’s time to shame the litter louts

by India Knight in The Sunday Times Magazine, 21 April 2019 We were driving back from the supermarket one evening and the light and the hedgerows and the fields were so beautiful that we went the long way. The sky was pink. The lanes were empty. There were loads of hares. Pheasants were bumbling about…

Benedict’s letter about sex abuse crisis is a regrettable text

by Michael Sean Winters in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 11 April 2019 When a friend first sent me Pope Emeritus Benedict's article about the root causes of clergy sex abuse, I thought the text was a hoax. Here, it seemed, was a caricature of both Joseph Ratzinger's once powerful intellect and of conservative explanations…

James Cracknell’s flaws as a husband helped to make him a great sportsman

By Matthew Syed in THE TIMES, 10 April 2019 Like many readers, I was struck by the piece by Beverley Turner on these pages on Monday. It was about the break-up of her marriage with James Cracknell, a story that some will feel should never have been aired publicly, but which I found wise and moving. Cracknell,…