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About Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a writer and broadcaster. He was librarian at Heythrop College from 1972 to 2001. Among his books are The Secret World of Opus Dei (HarperCollins, 2004) and The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and Occasionally Bloody History (Canterbury Press, 2003)

Articles by Michael Walsh

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Vatican, the planet, and America

Pope Francis's document on the earth's future has become entangled in Vatican politics. But its most fraught reception will be in the United States.

Pope Francis: a theology for change

Pope Francis's fresh, informal style has been met with popular acclaim during his first year in office. But his planned reforms will be hard for many in the Catholic Church to accept, says Michael Walsh.

The Vatican on trial

The trial of the pope's former butler and the letter of a senior archbishop are but two episodes revealing the deep dysfunction at the heart of Pope Benedict's city-state, says Michael Walsh.

The Vatican and Ireland

A series of abuse and cover-up scandals within the Catholic church has alienated many in in one of its historic heartlands. But the Vatican remains in denial, says Michael Walsh.

Pope Benedict: the faith of authority

A delicate papal visit to Britain was in the end a diplomatic success. All the more reason to examine the ideas it advanced, says Michael Walsh.

Pope Benedict's divisions

The current form of governance of the Catholic church and the Vatican City State raises fundamental questions about these institutions - and their titular head, says Michael Walsh.

The Vatican’s fix: abuse and renewal

The burgeoning international scandal involving the abuse of children by Catholic clergy is the biggest crisis for the church since the 16th-century reformation, says Michael Walsh.

The Vatican’s debacle

Pope Benedict XVI's revoking of the excommunication of a bishop who denies the Nazi genocide reveals deep-rooted flaws in the Vatican's governance, says Michael Walsh.

The pope’s mixed signals

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States was a diplomatic success that also revealed something of the unfolding character of his papacy, says Michael Walsh.

Pope Benedict XVI: forward to the past

A year since the controversial Regensburg address, and on the day the Latin liturgy is restored, Michael Walsh takes the measure of Pope Benedict XVI's leadership of the Catholic church.

The Pope and the Patriarch

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey was as important for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue as for European-Turkish, says Michael Walsh. But in healing one breach did it open another?

The Regensburg address: reason amid certainty

The leading themes of Pope Benedict's Regensburg speech – faith and reason, Christianity and Europe, the emergence of Islam as Christianity's significant "other" – will outlast the furore it provoked, says Michael Walsh.

From Joseph Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI

The cardinals’ choice of new pope reflects the Catholic church’s crisis of modernity, says Michael Walsh.

Cutting the Vatican down to size

Can democratic reform of the Catholic church escape the stifling influence of the Vatican? Michael Walsh of Heythrop College proposes creative ways forward.
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