SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 12, 2022
We like to believe that we are far too sophisticated in the modern era to worship totemic figures. Yet our perpetual obsession with celebrity, with status and with the trappings of financial and social success are in themselves a continual obsequiousness towards the falsest of gods.
August 12, 2022
A left-turn by the German Catholic Church is unlikely to resurrect Catholicism in the country, as Germany’s progressive Synodal Path seemingly draws the wrong conclusions about why Catholics are abandoning the faith. The Synodal Path comprises a series of conferences of the German Catholic Church to discuss many questions. A majority at a conference in
August 11, 2022
For some, it will be a cause for celebration, for others, a portent of worse to come. The UK’s Office of National Statistics – Britain’s equivalent to the US Census Bureau – revealed this week that, for the first time since records began, a majority of babies were born out of wedlock in England and
August 10, 2022
Any question raised about the mass graves involving indigenous people in Canada immediately generates the accusation of someone being an apologist for the Catholic Church and what it did, or worse, a racist and imperialist. To be clear, the Catholic Church did operate schools and there is no denying abuses took place. It was therefore
August 10, 2022
The Vatican may have come out swinging against the German Synodal Path, claiming the movement – designed to give lay members a say in running the Church – lacks the authority to instruct bishops on doctrine or morality, and warned of the dangers of schism, but the Path may have just got a huge shot
August 09, 2022
The battle for the next Pope may be shaping up to be a contest between a Filipino and a Hungarian, but Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, is said to be a big favourite of Pope Francis when it comes to succession. Yet is the Italian Cardinal undermining his chances of succeeding the Pope? Cardinal
August 08, 2022
Pope Francis met deputy leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Antonij, at the Vatican late last week. The meeting was part of ongoing ecumenical contacts between the Papacy and the Patriarchate of Moscow. It followed a video call between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in March, shortly after the war in
August 08, 2022
Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – fast-emerging as a frontrunner to succeed Pope Francis, as rumours grow about a looming papal resignation – has been in the United Kingdom. A guest at the Anglican Lambeth Conference, the papabile offered a progressive message, a potential sign of what could be in store should the Cardinal succeed
August 07, 2022
An internationally-respected Catholic bioethics centre has called for urgent reforms of UK law after doctors ended the life of a brain-damaged 12-year-old boy against the wishes of his parents. Archie Battersbee, 12, died in the Royal London Hospital at 12.15pm on Saturday following the removal of artificial ventilation and other treatment at 10am the same
August 05, 2022
The Anglican Communion risks imploding if it continues to put sex before sanctity, says Gavin Ashenden
August 05, 2022
As speculation grows about the potential resignation of Pope Francis, whoever the next Pope is will say a great deal about the direction of a Church being pulled in different directions and threatened by schism with a progressive Synodal Path. One leading candidate to succeed Pope Francis is Hungary’s Cardinal Erdő, a conservative canon law
August 05, 2022
Earlier this week, the government of Nicaragua ordered the closure of seven Catholic radio stations linked to a bishop who has been critical of President Daniel Ortega, as reported by Reuters. The announcement was made by Bishop Rolando Alvarez. The Nicaraguan telecommunications agency said the stations did not meet technical requirements to be on air.
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