LEAD STORY — Miguel Cullen on the priests braving bullets in Nicaragua ● Tim Stanley: Church scandals are a dose of realism for us converts ● Benedict Rogers on why he was sent threatening letters from Hong Kong ● Fr Raymond de Souza: The Vatican has turned its back on Ukrainian Catholics ● Bishop Robert Barron: Parishes are wonderful, but are we spending too much on them? ● Mary Kenny: It is no surprise that as nations secularise, they get richer ● Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says farewell to his flock ● Matthew Walther on why Dr Johnson eschewed Catholicism ● Fr Ronald Rolheiser says the word ‘loser’ should be avoided ● Melissa Kite compares the holiday choices of Churchill, Blair and May