SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
October 11, 2021
Compulsory attendance in the Middle Ages presented its own set of problems
October 11, 2021
In this issue, we celebrates the extraordinary life and vocation of Dom Joseph Coombe-Tennant, who died at the age of 76 in 1989. His mother was a noted psychic and he was born – named Henry – as a result of her conviction that a former spiritualist mentor wanted her to have a child by
October 11, 2021
One of the Pope’s titles is that of pontifex, or bridge builder. It is an aspect of his office that Pope Francis might reflect on when it comes to his relationship with liturgical conservatives.   Most recently, in his meeting in Bratislava with Slovakian Jesuits, the Pope addressed his decision to restrict celebrations of the
October 11, 2021
Herring and monkfish prepared in honour 
of St Andrew, the patron of saint of fishing
October 11, 2021
However bleak and overshadowed life might seem, lurking among the ruins are moments of true beauty –proof that ‘nothing pleaseth but rare accidents’
October 11, 2021
William Cash travels to the holy island of Iona where celebrating Mass today owes much to the mother of Princess Diana
October 11, 2021
Pope Francis has met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat politician often at the centre of controversy over her support for abortion. The Vatican had released no information about what the Pope and Mrs Pelosi discussed together on Saturday in line with its usual custom for papal meetings with non-heads of state. But it
October 10, 2021
The Prime Minister will not support a controversial Bill to legalise assisted suicide, according to Downing Street sources. Boris Johnson reviewed arguments for and against the Assisted Dying Bill of Baroness Meacher during his summer break and decided that he would not back a change in the law to allow doctors to assist in the
October 08, 2021
Pope Francis has announced that he plans to declare St Irenaeus of Lyon a Doctor of the Church with the title “Doctor unitatis,” meaning “Doctor of Unity.” The pope made the announcement in a speech to the St. Irenaeus Working Group, a group of Catholic and Orthodox theologians who conducted a study together on synodality
October 07, 2021
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout Viking Penguin, £14.99, 256 pages ________ The best-known and certainly the most dramatic novel about a former spouse is probably Rebecca. Not every story about an ex features murder, infidelity, madness and arson (much as we may wish it to). Nonetheless, exes engender lasting feelings, irritation, resentment and occasional bursts
October 07, 2021
You might think poets make natural martyrs. Passionate, idealistic, enraptured by visions of artistic immortality; throughout history, barricades and prisons have been crammed full of poetic talent. But the best poets are, by necessity, listeners and observers, detached from the action where martyrs are found. When they strive for heroic death, more often than not
October 07, 2021
More than 200,000 people will die by euthanasia or assisted suicide within five years of a change in the law, a Catholic MP has predicted. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Sir Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, said a law on “assisted dying” would follow the same trajectory
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