Jane Hill meets Caroline Harding

BBC presenter Jane Hill’s father and uncle both lived with Parkinson’s disease and, in the first of two programmes about people from families with inherited genetic disorders, she meets Caroline Harding. Caroline talks about her decision whether or not to have her second and third children tested after her first child was born with the…

How the ‘dubia’ drama will end

Pope Francis has declined to answer four cardinals’ ‘doubts’ about his teaching on marriage. The Church is now in uncharted territory Pognostications are a dangerous pastime for commentators, and in the papacy of Pope Francis the business of making predictions seems a particularly dangerous one. Back in April, when Francis issued a document called Amoris…

The next battlefront for religious freedom

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists One reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised.…

National borders are the only sure guardians of democracy. The EU ignores them at its peril

European civilisation has been steadily replacing religion with territory as the source of political unity. The process began in the 17th century, as the call for popular sovereignty and national unity began to be heard above the noise of religious conflict.Following the French Revolution and Napoleon’s failed attempt at a pan-European Empire, Europe emerged as a…

The Trump Card

Roger Scruton for BBC Radio4 “A point of view” series After a campaign dominated by a lack of enthusiasm (when not “a shared sense of shame”) for the Presidential candidates, but with a definite expected outcome, the unforeseen happened. In its point of view for BBC Radio4, Sir Rogert Scruton analyses the hidden force behind…