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March 31st 2017

Why Ireland needs more Rome, not less

The Irish Church has lost its fervour, yet retains its fierce independence. But without outside intervention, it will continue to flounder

The Fifth Sunday of Lent Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 As we approach the climax of the Church’s liturgical year, which is the celebration of the life, Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, also called the Paschal Mystery, the Scriptural readings on this Fifth Sunday of Lent set before us the theme of death and new life from different perspectives…

A year to look backwards

The anniversary is the columnist’s reliable friend…

‘We can heal these wounds’

It’s rather intimidating to interview someone who is a master of the art himself, and who has just published a brilliant new biography of the theological firebrand Martin Luther…
Would I demonstrate grace under pressure if I found myself in the midst of a terrorist attack? I like to hope for the best, even while suspecting that a cowardly vacuum gapes where a heart of oak should pound…
Two recent Irish funerals observed: the first was that of Cardinal Desmond Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, and the first Dubliner to be given a cardinal’s hat for 120 years…

False alarm in the Communion row

The magazine The Week has a little column called “boring but important”, in which it reports the latest on diplomatic appointments and infrastructure reform…
To understand gun crime in America, the Guardian journalist Gary Younge picked a date at random from his calendar: November 23, 2013…
The “good clean tradition of [our] politics has been weakly surrendered to a half-breed American whose main support was that of inefficient but talkative people of a similar type”…
Holy Week is a time for taking stock…
Two Temple Place, hidden away in a back street two minutes from Temple Tube station in London, is a beautiful late Victorian building, with its own artistic merit…
Every detective has to have a gimmick…

Film: The Lost City of Z

The true-life figure driving the transporting The Lost City of Z (15, 141 mins, ★★★★★) is Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a jobbing British Army serviceman of lowly descent who, while mapping the Bolivia-Peru border in 1906, became distracted by rumours of a mysterious city of gold – the same talk, we note, that lured Conquistadors to their doom…
Music historians spend much time and effort trying to recapture the original experience of artworks that survive for us only as notes on paper…
Thomas More: A Very Brief History by John Guy, SPCK, £12.99 This a lively and learned little book, but I do not quite understand what it is trying to do…
Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident by Peter Stanford, Hodder, £20 On page 90 of Peter Stanford’s compelling new book we find Martin Luther in a gloomy mood…
Monaghan by Joseph Pearce, Tan Books, £23 Before I read this biography I would not have thought that the life of the man who built the Domino’s Pizza empire would have merited much attention…

Briefly noted

How to Be Holy by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius Press, £14)…
Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” How true! This has been going on since the beginning of time and is showing few signs of disappearing any time soon…