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Sacred vision

Who are they? The answer has seemed obvious to some: they are Jesus and Mary Magdalen. But there is no early provenance for such an opinion, nor is the canvas (parchment on wood, actually) conclusive in the matter. The picture [...]

Amazing interpreters

There are real dangers in subsuming the Bible to contemporary ideologies Patrick Henry Reardon is a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity The sixteenth century's rift between the holy Scriptures and the Church has tended to widen, [...]


Fellowship Andrew Starkie The believers devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. This is the description given of the life of devotion led by the first Christians in the Jerusalem church [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Times of trial Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House Farming families still make up a large part of the communities I serve. The very wet weather during August has made the corn harvest very difficult. The threat [...]

Life on Mars 3

Hugh Baker concludes his examination of Screwtape's predictions with a look at the dangers of contemporary psychoanalysis and comparative religion The Life Force, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis may here prove useful', writes Screwtape, in the [...]

English gentlemen

Digby Anderson examines the admirable aspects of Englishness and the morality behind them, in order to identify the unique contribution that English Catholics could make to Roman Catholicism One day a French reactionary political philosopher - I think it was [...]

Alpha and omega

Simon Ellis looks at the reasons for the success of the Alpha course and in particular its appeal for Catholics, highlighting the importance of its local nature and its emphasis on listening As Bishop Anselm Genders once remarked that he [...]

Delusional codes

Ronald Crane explains why a Code of Practice offers a solution to a non-existent problem It was, I think, John Habgood who coined the idea that we in Forward in Faith do not want bishops who have ordained women to [...]

The Roman Option again

Simon Heans revisits the hopes of conversion from the early Nineties Dr William Oddie will be known to many readers of this magazine. He played a prominent role in the last 'bit of unpleasantness', and then, having decided to take [...]

Christmas soon here

Martin Browning offers a preseason warm-up on cards and round-robins and the righteous pitfalls to be avoided Christmas may soon be upon us. I say 'may' because one day it won't; the last Christmas will have come and gone, though [...]

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