23Feb Successive popes have transformed the Vatican into an absolute monarchy

Fr John P Mannion argues that while the western world has moved from absolute monarchy to participant democracy, the Catholic Church has moved in the opposite direction, concentrating all power in the Bishop of Rome. Even the Commandments can  be re-written as a result - as can be seen in the then Cardinal Ratzinger's reply to the US bishops, apparently allowing exceptions to the fifth commandment. (This a condensed version of his article: original can be obtained from the author at Killoran, Clonfert, Co Galway.)

23Feb ‘Priests should be allowed to marry’ – Cardinal Keith O’Brien

In a BBC interview, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, speaks of the need for a debate on priestly celibacy. And he believes it may be time for a pope from the developing world.

23Feb 23 February. Saturday in the First Week of Lent

A people formed in his own image