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COLUMNS

1 0 DAVID B LA I R

‘Much of the violence in Nigeria has little to do with religion’

1 3 SARA MAITLAND

‘There are no Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty based on sound quality’

1 4 PARISH PRACTICE 1 5 NOTEBOOK 1 6 L ETTERS 1 7 THE L I V I NG S P I R I T 1 8 PUZZLES

BOOKS

1 9 BR I AN WICKER

Equality, Freedom and Religion Roger Trigg

LYNN ROBERTS Da Vinci’s Ghost: the untold story of the world’s most famous drawing Toby Lester

DANIEL J E F FREYS The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall Paul Torday

ARTS

2 3 F EATURE

Rick Jones The composer Jonathan Harvey

THEATRE Mark Lawson First Light/Mr Darwin’s Tree

RADIO D.J. Taylor But They Are Only Russians

C I NEMA Francine Stock J. Edgar and Coriolanus

T E L EV I S I ON John Morrish The Crusades

CONTENTS

2 1 JANUARY 2 0 1 2

F EATURES

4 Rites and wrongs Michael Kelly

The removal of Toowoomba’s Bishop Bill Morris reveals the Vatican’s disturbing way of dealing with those with whom it disagrees

6 God’s Own Party Michael Sean Winters

The presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may be keen to put faith back into politics, but as he is a Mormon, his faith is controversial

8 In the dock again Elena Curti

The emergence of abuse allegations at religious-run schools has raised doubts about the implementation of safeguarding measures

9 Should they stay or should they go? John Haldane

Whether the Scots decide to vote to forget their auld acquaintance with England or not, they have discovered a new sense of identity

1 2 New stirrings out across the universe Edwin Cartlidge

With some scientists arguing that before the stars and planets there was nothing, where does that leave God the creator?

2 6 THE CHURCH I N THE WORLD

Denominations edge forward towards unity

2 9 L ETTER FROM ROME

3 0 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND I RELAND

Abbot called in authorities three years after abuse complaint first made

COVER ILLUSTRATION: DANI JIMENEZ

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