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CONTENTS 17 SEPTEMBER 2011 COLUMNS


5 DAVID BLAIR ‘The tyrant’s downfall must be seen to come at the hands of his own people’


14 CHRISTOPHER HOWSE’S


PRESSWATCH ‘Amid the paraliturgical proceedings, the quotation of Scripture was not wanting’


11 THE TABLET POEM 15 LISTEN TO THE WORD 16 PARISH PRACTICE 17 NOTEBOOK 18 LETTERS 19 THE LIVING SPIRIT 20 PUZZLES


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21 RICK JONES To War with God: the army chaplain who lost his faith Peter Fiennes


BRENDAN WALSH The Sense of an Ending


Julian Barnes


LYNN ROBERTS Girl in a Green Gown: the history and mystery of The Arnolfini Portrait Carola Hicks


ARTS


27 FEATURE Robert Thicknesse The Passenger


CINEMA Francine Stock Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


TELEVISION John Morrish Children of 9/11


THEATRE Mark Lawson The Kitchen


30 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD ‘Schismatic climate’ awaits the Pope


33 LETTER FROM ROME


34 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND Pope links riots to ‘moral relativism’


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11 Permission to be Catholic Kieran Conry A year on, the memory of the Pope’s visit to Britain still has the power to inspire a deepening of faith and dialogue with others


13 Did the ‘first cab off the rank’ go into top gear? Colin Campbell


A bishop from New Zealand, where the new Missal has been in use since last Advent, describes the response of the faithful to the translation


4 One for the zealots Michael Sean Winters The Republican Party’s presidential front-runner is welding Christian fundamentalism to the radical right wing


6 Benedict’s papacy: the way it’s shaping up Robert Mickens Appointments to key offices in the six years of the current papacy have led to Italian clergy dominating, as our analysis reveals


8 Canterbury tales Jonathan Wynne-Jones Speculation has grown that Rowan Williams is hoping to step down after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But who would take over?


9 Doomed angel Paul Bailey A 1951 French film about a country priest offered rare and haunting insights into the paradoxes of Christianity for one writer


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