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COLUMNS

5 CL I F FORD LONGLEY

‘The only truth that really matters is the truth that is freely chosen’

1 1 CHRISTOPHER HOWSE’S

PRESSWATCH ‘When bishops hold out the hand of friendship to journalists they just get them bitten’

1 2 P E T ER STANFORD

‘There is none so blind as a parent defending their child’

2 1 PARISH PRACTICE 2 2 NOTEBOOK 2 3 L ETTERS 2 4 THE L I V I NG S P I R I T 2 5 PUZZLES

BOOKS

2 6 F ERGUS KERR

The Architecture of Theology: structure, system and ratio A.N. Williams

BR I AN MORTON Religion for Atheists: a non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion Alain de Botton

BRENDAN WALSH The Greatcoat Helen Dunmore

ARTS

2 9 F EATURE

Laura Gascoigne David Hockney

THEATRE Mark Lawson Travelling Light

T E L EV I S I ON John Morrish Birdsong

C I NEMA Francine Stock The Descendants

CONTENTS

2 8 JANUARY 2 0 1 2

F EATURES

4 For love not money Ben Andradi

Benedict XVI’s concept of ‘gift and gratuity’ in the economy has been taken up by some radical economists COVER STORY 6 Restoring religion to the public square Linda Woodhead

The head of a £12m project on religion and society, the results of which will be aired in debates and in The Tablet, describes its aims 6 ‘Faith cannot be brushed under the carpet’

Charles Clarke A former Home Secretary writes of how he has come to recognise the place of belief in our national life 8 Dark shadows of the past Mary Colwell

As the fortieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday approaches, some of those who were affected by the events look back – and forward 1 0 Abuse must have no hiding place Jonathan West

A campaigner highlights a potential weakness in child protection at independent schools 1 3 Not in its backyard Conor Gearty

A human-rights law expert reflects on the role of St Paul’s Cathedral authorities in the anticipated eviction of the Occupy protesters 14 ‘A compromise of our religious liberty’Michael Sean Winters

Obama’s refusal to allow Catholic institutions to opt out of providing contraception as part of insurance has angered bishops

■ RETREATS AND P I LGRIMAGES SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

1 6 Takes one’s breath away Bernadette Campbell

A pilgrim to Lourdes describes her ‘forever first-time’ moment 1 8 An extraordinary gift Bridget Hewitt

Time with the brothers of Taizé alters one retreatant’s view of life 2 0 Walking the Franciscan way Anthony Weaver

The St Francis trail that stretches beyond Assisi

3 3 THE CHURCH I N THE WORLD

Religious freedom ‘under threat in US’ 3 7 L ETTER FROM ROME 3 8 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND I RELAND

Coalition’s gay-marriage plans to be opposed

COVER ILLUSTRATION: DANI JIMENEZ

28 January 2012 | THE TABLET | 3