SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
December 03, 2021
Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, has been laid to rest following a funeral in Valletta. A mighty clap of thunder heralded the arrival of the coffin of Fra’ Matthew as it reached the massive doors of St John’s Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital. The organ echoed the
December 03, 2021
Pope Francis said on Friday that “Jesus alone frees the heart from evil” as he celebrated Mass in the divided capital city of Cyprus. Preaching at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Dec. 3, the pope described Christ as a “physician” eager to bring healing to the human heart.  “Jesus is the physician: he alone
December 03, 2021
Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched. The warning, for which a “Fulani association” claims responsibility, is contained in a letter circulated by the office of the state police commissioner.   “The command has already alerted its Divisions/Formations for
December 03, 2021
The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History by James G Clark Yale UP, £25, 689 pages ________ Apart from the Black Death plague pandemic of the 1340s, no event in the years between the Norman Conquest and the Civil War brought more of a sudden or far-reaching change to England’s social and religious life
December 03, 2021
The Vanishing: Faith, Loss, and the Twilight of Christianity in the Land of the Prophets by Janine di Giovanni PublicAffairs, £22.99, 272 pages ________ “This is a book about dying communities, but it is also about faith.” Janine di Giovanni has written a moving and insightful portrait of the Middle East’s shrinking Christian population, which
December 03, 2021
Whatever Happened to Tradition?: History, Belonging and the Future of the West by Tim Stanley Bloomsbury, £20, 266 pages ________ In recent years, the “post-liberal” perspective has dominated religious thought and has also gained a foothold in political circles. The American Catholic journalist Sohrab Ahmari has recently brought such thinking to a wider audience. Now
December 03, 2021
Lily: A Tale of Revenge by Rose Tremain Chatto & Windus, £18.99, 288 pages ________ Rose Tremain is a prolific and prize-winning author, the recipient of the Whitbread and the Orange Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Costa and Booker. She is also an unpredictable one. Her work ranges across time from the Restoration to
December 03, 2021
Collected Poems Rowan Williams Carcanet, £15.99, 249 pages ________ The poetry of Rowan Williams is full of moments when the known world becomes translucent and lets in an unfamiliar light. Sometimes, this happens when watching someone – a child, perhaps – fall asleep. …sleepy yourself, impatient and resigned   at once, and out of nowhere
December 03, 2021
It sometimes seems like Poland has its own, peculiarly national, hotline to God. Why this should be, beyond the fact that it produces the occasional pope, is more a question for historians than music critics. But the Poles are undeniably and overwhelmingly devout, and it’s reflected in their music, which leans heavily these days toward
December 02, 2021
RIP Fra' Matthew Festing (1949-2021)
December 02, 2021
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michel Aupetit on Thursday amid a controversy surrounding an alleged prior relationship with a woman before he was archbishop of Paris. A statement from the Holy See press office on Dec. 2 said that Pope Francis accepted the resignation submitted by Aupetit and had appointed Archbishop Georges Pontier, archbishop emeritus
December 02, 2021
As the wait begins for a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, close attention will be paid to the comments and questions of three conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court that some observers view as possible swing votes: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy
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