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Philippa Martyr: Breaking down Plenary voices

I keep being told that over 220,000 people participated in the Plenary Council process. It’s impressive but let’s break down those figures. The Final Report...

Philippa Martyr: Women, equality and the Church

The Church is either human and democratic or like the Blues Brothers – on a mission from God My last piece on women deacons caused...

Philippa Martyr: a bishop who has stood out

You’re not likely to hear that in your average sacramental preparation class, and that’s a crying shame.

Women deacons misses the point

Can women be ordained as permanent deacons in the Catholic Church? And if they can, should this happen? I will save you all worrying, because...

And a very happy Easter to everyone!

Spiritual communions, perfect acts of contrition, and Mass on TV are not what the Lord intended for us. He intended real things: breath and bodies; oil and wine in our wounds; flesh and blood for us to eat; water and fire to purify

Philippa Martyr: A Church Golden Era? Get real, there never was...

I was chatting to one of my increasingly rare friends the other day about the state of the Church, and she gave me a...

Philippa Martyr: Synods synonymous with scandal

Two upcoming Church synods are causing a bit of concern. The Amazon Synod opened on Sunday 6 October, and will consider a range of...

On those who suffer for others less repentant

When Catholics try to tell me that the sexual abuse crisis is largely manufactured by enemies of the Church, I agree with them - but we differ on who the real enemies are.
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