The Dispatch

On church kneelers

July 10, 2017 Joanna Bogle 4

“We have something for you,” said the manageress, with a pardonably smug smile, as soon as I entered the coffee-shop. And she went to a door, rummaged in the cupboard and produced—my bag with my […]

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Night and Soho

June 6, 2017 Joanna Bogle 1

The lanterns glow through the dusk as the summer evening darkens into twilight. Meanwhile revelers in the garden square make their way slowly to the gates as the park-keeper gradually rounds them up. More noisily, […]

Special Report

Praying with—and for—prisoners

April 10, 2017 Joanna Bogle 0

We are sitting, the three of us, around the table in the classroom, surrounded by posters encouraging literacy and offering opportunities for taking up new skills. Father S. has been explaining about the Rosary, and […]

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Dame Louise backtracks

February 15, 2017 Joanna Bogle 1

We seem to be rather short of good news for Catholics at present. Here is something that is at least faintly cheering. Dame Louise Casey is a government-appointed official with the rather worrying title of […]


Dear Dame Louise…

January 20, 2017 Joanna Bogle 0

Dame Louise Casey, the “integration tsar” for the Government of the United Kingdom, said in a parliamentary session that it is “it is not OK for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage…it is […]