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CONTENTS 2 OCTOBER 2010 COLUMNS


7 DAVID BLAIR ‘The Commonwealth will survive because of its very unimportance’


11 ANN WROE ‘Trees are protective, as good parents are;


they become companions and friends’ 12 CHRISTOPHER HOWSE’S


PRESSWATCH ‘Who put “thumbs on scales”, the archbishop or the newspaper?’


14 LISTEN TO THE WORD 15 PARISH PRACTICE 16 NOTEBOOK 17 LETTERS 19 LIVING SPIRIT 20 PUZZLES


RELIGIOUS BOOKS


21 JOHN WILKINS It’s the Eucharist, Thank God Maurice Taylor


BRIAN WICKER Faith and Power: religion and politics in the Middle East Bernard Lewis


ARTS


29 FEATURE Simon Scott Plummer Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, pianist


THEATRE Mark Lawson Blood and Gifts


CINEMA Francine Stock Made in Dagenham


TELEVISION John Morrish Downton Abbey


34 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD Zapatero puts in special request to meet the Pope


38 LETTER FROM ROME


39 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND Two Anglican bishops ready to cross the Tiber


COVER ILLUSTRATION: JON BERKELEY 2 October 2010 | THE TABLET | 3


6 Now the harsh reality Kevin Meagher Labour’s new leader may owe his election to the unions, but his focus must now be on convincing the public he is his own man


FEATURES


4 Cast out your nets James Leachman Parishes can make the success of the Pope’s visit to Britain the starting point for welcoming new and returning Catholics


8 Where was the Church in spring 1933? John Cornwell In Edinburgh, the Pope reflected on the effects of removing God from public life, yet many Christians supported the rise of Hitler


10 Be small to be big Greg Clark David Cameron’s Minister for Decentralisation fleshes out the idea of the Big Society ahead of the Conservative Party Conference


13 Everywhere and nowhere Daniel O’Leary Periods of stillness are considered a luxury, yet those times of silent contemplation connect us with the earth and with God


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