/Julyaugust 2017 Articles

A Helping Hand

Patrick Milner explores the philosophy of the Cardinal Basil Hume Centre in Westminster   The Cardinal Basil Hume Centre is located at the heart of Westminster and was founded by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1986 as a direct response to [...]

Summer Diary

‘Thurifer’ now uses public transport   Political autobiographies rarely appeal to me. I cannot complain that they are invariably self-righteous and self-exculpatory; that is their nature, after all. Generally I find them irritatingly unreflective, often dull defence of the indefensible. [...]

A summer tipple

Audubon gets ready to relax   Tanqueray Rangpur Gin Readers of New Directions with good memories for terrible prose, or who only take it for these pages, might remember that my first gin review for this august publication was for [...]


The summer season is upon us and in the life of the church that can only mean two things: ordinations and patronal festivals. This year’s statistics show a rise in the number of those being ordained; over the past few [...]