Category Archives: Catholic Herald

What does the Church do?

Earlier this week a blog of mine on the Zika crisis in Brazil was published on the Catholic Herald website. Over a couple of days it had attracted 337 comments by the time comments were closed. I am reproducing it … Continue reading

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TRUE or FALSE. Eyes down for the Catholic Herald Christmas Quiz.

Answers below. Questions 1 Humans share about 50 per cent of their DNA with bananas. 2 “Get thee to a nunnery.” Hamlet thought that only life in a convent could save Ophelia. 3 The Battle of Bunker Hill was a … Continue reading

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Catholic Herald Christmas Quiz. ANSWERS (questions above)

(Do not read until you have tried the questions above!) 1 True. 2 False. In Elizabethan slang ‘‘nunnery’’ meant ‘‘brothel’’. 3 False. It took place on Breed’s Hill, and the Revolutionaries lost. 4 True. It comes from the Latin minutus … Continue reading

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The death of debate

I reproduce here, with permission, the main leader from the last edition of the Catholic Herald. It raises some important points for discussion. David Cameron has recently described British values as: “a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal … Continue reading

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Breeding money

A year or so ago I made some money. It was quite simple really. I noticed that the stock market was going through a period of mild depression. So I bought an investment whose value was defined by the value … Continue reading

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The Lucifer Effect, Zimbardo

Could you torture innocent people? Could you take part in deliberate humiliation of others to a stage where you are doing deep psychological harm? Could you subscribe to deceitful and fraudulent practices in the organisation for which you work? If … Continue reading

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One small step…

Just a week ago I listened to a BBC Four programme on sacred music, and then I switched on my computer. My mind was still thrilling with the faith of the composers and those moments of musical beauty which restore … Continue reading

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