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Frailty of the Pope and the Queen is a powerful message of humility

May 9, 2022

To be seen in a wheelchair at the heart of the nation again, would not be a moment for pity but a moment for empathy and respect. It works for the Pope. It can work for the Queen.
Analysis: Is there a campaign against the Church of England?

February 10, 2021

Analysis by Andrew Brown The last week has seen hostile articles about the Church of England’s problems in The Spectator, The Sunday Times, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph (the Mail, characteristically, got its retaliation in early, on Boxing Day). All have concentrated on the church’s financial difficulties and almost all of them have driven the line that these are...
Analysis: The Pope’s enemies struggle to use McCarrick report against him

November 11, 2020

The story of Theodore McCarrick, former cardinal and sex abuser, is at the centre of a struggle between supporters and opponents of Pope Francis and Donald Trump, which is unlikely to be resolved by the inquiry.
Analysis: France’s laïcité is preventing freedom of belief and encouraging the jihadist

November 4, 2020

Andrew Brown asks how France can address the recent savage Jihadi violence, and hears experts suggest that the secular state makes a free discussion of the problems of religious extremism impossible for policy makers.
Analysis: QAnon functions as a religion. Its fantasies defy political logic

October 28, 2020

It is absolutely certain that QAnon will continue to flourish whatever the outcome of the election, even if it makes no political sense: it functions according to the logics of religious belief
Analysis: We see the warts of the Puritan legacy but the Pilgrims had a positive side, too

August 28, 2020

Professor Frank Bremer has spent his life researching the Puritans who settled in the new world. On the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage, he reviews their attempts to create an exemplary society.

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