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5 CATHERINE P E P I NSTER

‘We defend freedom of expression but sense a great injustice when innocents pay the price’

1 6 CHRISTOPHER HOWSE’S

PRESSWATCH ‘Muslims were invisible to the English public mind in the eighteenth century’

1 7 PARISH PRACTICE 1 8 NOTEBOOK 1 9 L ETTERS 2 0 THE L I V I NG S P I R I T 2 1 PUZZLES

BOOKS

2 2 N I CHOLAS BOYLE

Faith in the Public Square Rowan Williams

MARCUS TANNER Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s Diarmaid Ferriter

EMMA HUGHES The Cleaner of Chartres Salley Vickers

ARTS

2 5 F EATURE

Brian Morton Paul Winter

T E L EV I S I ON John Morrish The Trouble with Aid

THEATRE Mark Lawson Berenice and Julius Caesar

C I NEMA Francine Stock The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey

RADIO D.J. Taylor Free Thinking Festival

CONTENTS

1 5 DECEMBER 2 0 1 2

F EATURES

4 Power behind the papal throne Robert Mickens

Georg Gänswein, the monsignor promoted to archbishop and head of the Papal Household, profiled

7 Something old, something new John Gummer

A former Cabinet Minister suggests that the Catholic Church needs to think again about its opposition to gay marriage

8 Faith that won’t fit the mould Linda Woodhead

The 2011 census on religious belief may have shown Christianity numerically depleted, but the figures mask a more intriguing reality

9 Advent meditation Teresa Morgan

Wise words from the wilderness

■ VATICAN I I : F I FTIETH ANNIVERSARY

1 0 Undying devotions Alana Harris

Traditional rituals have been revived in today’s Church, as the enthusiasm for pilgrimages and the veneration of relics shows

1 2 Cuts are deep but the thinking’s not Francis Davis

An expert on welfare claims that the Chancellor lacks a coherent strategy to deal with the country’s economic woes

1 2 When work doesn’t work Paul Donovan

New benefit rules are meant to make recipients better off if they are in jobs, but for the many in low-paid employment, the reverse is true

1 4 Back to their roots Abigail Frymann

As Catholic charities come under tighter control of the bishops, they face conflicts between their aims and their funding

1 5 Poet of the almost-instinct Jonathan Tulloch

Despite Philip Larkin’s reputation for nihilism, a reading of his poems reveals compassion and a sense of transcendence

2 8 THE CHURCH I N THE WORLD

Anti-Christian policies ‘increasing’ 3 2 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND I RELAND

Gay-marriage plans leave Church open to legal challenge 3 5 OBITUARY

Dave Brubeck

COVER PHOTO: REUTERS

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