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✣ July ,

News&analysis 6 Week in review A guide to the past seven days 8 World news map 10 The Vatican 11 Britain 12 The US 14 The rest of the world

Comment & features 15 Diary Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on his boyhood in Malta 16 COVER STORY Many Catholic politicians keep Church teaching at arm’s length 19 Fr Raymond de Souza Do priests have ‘no credibility’ when advising engaged couples? 20 David Quinn The challenge faced by both the Irish Church and Pope Francis 21 Ann Widdecombe People don’t understand the true meaning of the word ‘sin’ 22 Quentin de la Bédoyère The lack of communication that has blighted Gosport hospital 23 Mary Kenny Any time now, ‘thought crime’ will enter into the statute books 24 Cardinal Arinze ‘We need Christ’s permission to share the Eucharist,’ the prelate tells Simon Caldwell

The moment Lukaku revealed the beauty of football p36

Cardinal Arinze on the German bishops, beer and Communion p24

AN Wilson recalls the insights of an un-PC priest p30

Back pages 27 Letters & emails An inter-generational crisis; The anti-Brexit ‘artistes’ 28 Arts Michael Duggan remembers Ireland’s master storyteller 31 Books Ian Thomson takes a look at atheism – and other mad ideas 34 Spiritual life Fr Dominic Allain on the revival of the Greyfriars 35 Crossword 36 Charterhouse Fr Edmund Waldstein says football played well is an image of the Christian life 39 The Last Word Fr Ronald Rolheiser on the most astonishing miracle of all Cover: Getty

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