Joanna Bogle

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Joanna Bogle (née Nash) is a British Roman Catholic journalist, writer and broadcaster.


Joanna Nash was born to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother, she was raised in her mother's faith. She worked for the Richmond Herald and later the Surrey Comet newspapers after leaving school.[1]

She has written a weekly column for the Catholic Times and has been described by fellow Catholic writer and journalist Peter Stanford as "a forceful, eloquent and youthful firebrand who has made it her business, with some success, to act as a counter-balance to Cristina Odone on the chat-show and soundbite circuit."[2]

Her biography of 19th-century humanitarian Caroline Chisholm, The Emigrant's Friend, was published in 1993. Her most recent project was about Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough and Sister Katherine Flanagan, two British Bridgettine nuns in Rome who hid 50 Jewish refugees in their guesthouse during the Nazi occupation.[3]

Bogle is a founder member of the Association for Catholic Women in England and a contributing editor to the Catholic journal Voices. She married Jamie Bogle, an Australian-born barrister, in 1980.[citation needed]


A conservative who believes the Catholic Church should advocate fundamental truths rather than liberal attitudes;[4] Bogle is opposed to the ordination of women priests.[5] In 1999 Bogle opposed the recommendation of the Broadcasting Standards Commission to use BCE and CE in place of BC and AD.[6]

In 1998, she criticised the decision of the church to honour Rupert Murdoch with a knighthood: "It sends out the message that you can make a living out of something – soft pornography – that is regarded by the Church as sinful, and yet you can be awarded for it. The Knighthood of St. Gregory is supposed to be about honour and chivalry and splendour. To give it to Murdoch is ridiculous and wrong."[7]

She believes Catholics, and Christians generally, are under sustained assault in the UK and should assert themselves.[8] According to Stanford, Bogle's criticism of the hierarchy represents a minority of Catholics in Britain.[9]

In March 2009, Bogle participated in a debate on Channel 4 News with Dr Rachel Baggaley, head of Christian Action's HIV programme, and presenter Jon Snow, on the Church's policy towards AIDS in Africa. Snow described it as the fierciest debate in which he ever participated.[1]


  • Advent and Christmas: Catholic Customs and Traditions (Paperback – 24 September 2010)
  • Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions (Paperback – 11 January 2010)
  • A Nun with a Difference: The Life and Letters of Sister Mary Alban FC (Paperback – November 2009)
  • English Catholic Heroines (Paperback – 15 October 2009)
  • St John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars: A Parish Priest for All the World (Paperback – 1 September 2009)
  • A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations (Paperback – 1 October 2007)
  • (editor) The Pope Benedict Code, Gracewing, 2006
  • The Church in Nightingale Square (Paperback – 20 June 2005)
  • One Corner of London: A History of St. Bede's, Clapham Park (Paperback – September 2003)
  • Croydon Airport: From War to Peace (with Douglas Cluett & Bob Learmonth, Paperback – 1 January 2003)
  • The First Croydon Airport 1915–1928: v. 1 (with Bob Learmonth, Douglas Cluett and John Teasdale, Paperback – 1 October 2001)
  • Fr Werenfried – A Life (Paperback – 1 January 2001)
  • Engaged to be Married (Paperback – July 2000)
  • Martyrs of Uganda (Paperback – 1 March 2000)
  • Does the Church Oppress Women? (Paperback – 1 July 1999)
  • Come on In, It's Awful (Paperback – June 1994)
  • Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant's Friend (Paperback – June 1994)
  • Book of Feasts & Seasons (Paperback – 1 January 1993)
  • When the Summer Ended (with Cecylia Wolkowinska, Paperback – December 1992)
  • Prayers from the Heart for Everyday Things (Paperback – November 1992)
  • Prayers from the Heart for the Feasts of the Year (with Gill Onions, Paperback – April 1992)
  • Heart for Europe (with James Bogle, Paperback – December 1991)
  • Who Lies Where? (A Lamp guide) (Paperback – 24 February 1989)
  • Celebrating Our Heritage (Paperback – 1988)


  1. ^ a b Sharyn McCowen "Author ‘lost my cool’ in AIDS debate on TV – A Conversation with Joanna Bogle", The Catholic Weekly (Australia), 16 August 2009
  2. ^ Peter Stanford "Unholy battle for faithful readers", The Independent, 20 February 1996
  3. ^ Jerome Taylor. "British nuns who saved wartime Jews on path to sainthood", The Independent, 2 June 2010
  4. ^ Joanna Bogle "The Catholic church is not a democracy", Opendemocracy, 17 April 2005
  5. ^ Joanna Bogle "Women Priests — No Chance", Catholic Education Resource Center, 1997 article
  6. ^ Joanna Bogle and Rabbi Charles Middleburgh "Is it millennium madness to drop AD and BC?" The Guardian, 8 May 1999
  7. ^ Steve Boggan "Catholic anger at Murdoch's papal knighthood", The Independent, 17 February 1998
  8. ^ Joanna Bogle. "Anti-Catholic Nastiness in England", Catholicity website, 7 August 2007 (Reprinted from
  9. ^ Peter Stanford. "Pope Benedict's visit: Beleaguered Catholic church struggles against secular tide", The Observer, 29 August 2010

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