This week's opinions


Woman’s place at Pope Francis’ right hand?

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis opened 2020 with a strong call to acknowledge the dignity of women, end violence against them and stop the exploitation of women’s bodies. His homily on January 1 was not generic: it referenced prostitution, rape, coerced abortion, pornography and even advertising. The Pope called for the involvement of women in decision-making processes in civil society, specifically when it comes to promoting peace. At the Mass on the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, he said the Church is ‘woman and mother,’ but he did not use the homily to address the roles of women in formal church structures.   2020 changes However, there ... continue reading.

A look inside the ‘prison in all but name’

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Frances Gallagher describes her first visit inside Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre... continue reading.


Reading through the whole Bible in one year

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Jamie McMorrin hopes to get through the entire Bible this year—with a little bit of help from David Suchet ... continue reading.


New book brings celibacy into the spotlight

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cindy Wooden on Pope Benedict’s decision to break his long-held silence on the contentious issue of priestly celibacy in a new book... continue reading.

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Let the new year bring in new beginnings

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The most difficult resolution might also be the most worthwhile—to forgive, and heal family rifts, Fr Michael Kane writes.... continue reading.

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Julius Nyerere: African saint or socialist sinner?

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Assessing a politician’s life often requires looking again at the contradictions they tried to resolve, finds Ross Ahlfeld as he remembers Tanzania’s first president Julius Nyerere... continue reading.

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The meek will still inherit Earth

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The relentless pursuit of economic self-interest is at odds with a life in Christ, writes Brandon McGinley in his letter from America.... continue reading.

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A historian’s take on learning from the past

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the second part of an exclusive interview, the historian Tom Holland talks to Richard Purden about the SNP, the Jordan Peterson phenomenon and the experiences which impacted his own Christian Faith.... continue reading.

Finding consolation through God in a world of anxiety

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Colette Cooper reflects on the importance of looking after our mental health.... continue reading.

Discussing three modern ‘wise men’ in a largely secular world

January 3rd, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Jamie McMorrin takes a look at three modern ‘wise men’ searching for God in their big conversations of our secular world... continue reading.

Precious lessons from the stable of the Lord’s birth

December 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The humble circumstances of Christ's birth have much to show us about the nature of God, writes Fr Michael Kane.... continue reading.

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