SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
November 26, 2021
Politicians in Jersey have taken the first major steps toward legalising both euthanasia and assisted suicide. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, the diocese which includes the Channel Islands, described the move as a “devastating” development which would put the lives of elderly people in grave danger. Members of the States Assembly voted by 36 to
November 25, 2021
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has spoken of his sorrow at the drownings of 27 migrants in the English Channel. A pregnant woman and three children were among the dead in the worst tragedy in the Channel since the migrant crisis began as they tried to cross in a boat one French Minister likened to a paddling
November 25, 2021
The birth of the Christ child is an occasion to reflect on other babies and on life in the womb that precedes birth. The most dispiriting development recently in respect of prenatal human life is the European Parliament’s vote last month, directed mainly at Poland, but having far wider implications. Andrew Tettenborn examines its implications
November 25, 2021
There is something perpetually moving about the Christmas story. It is the account of how God became man, and, with magnificent indifference to human preoccupations with status and accomplishments, became man in a discomfiting fashion. The girl who became his mother was unmarried, her pregnancy understandably a profound shock to the man she was betrothed
November 25, 2021
Christmas celebrations this year will, thank God, be very different from the last. Ordinary life has for the most part resumed in Britain; in some respects, churches lag behind other parts of society in returning to normal. Many parish churches still require masks, social distancing, taped-off pews and thus limit the size of congregations. Others
November 25, 2021
How the four Masses of Christmas use different readings from the Gospels to tell the story of Christ’s coming
November 25, 2021
Stephen Bullivant examines how the pandemic has affected Mass-going in one anonymous diocese
November 25, 2021
After 44 years, William Cash returns to this ancient island which for centuries was Christianity’s easternmost frontier
November 25, 2021
Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Titus Brandsma, an outspoken opponent of Nazism martyred at Dachau concentration camp in 1942. The pope authorized Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to issue a decree on Nov. 25 approving the miracle. The decision paves the way for the Dutch Carmelite
November 25, 2021
Catholics in England and Wales are to be asked to find homes for thousands of Afghanistan refugees fleeing the Taliban. Parishes will be requested to make large houses available for extended families and to provide the Muslim refugees with such items as clothing and computer technology. Ordinary Catholics will be encouraged to befriend the Afghans
November 25, 2021
The Catholic Church in Italy said that life must be “protected and defended” after local health authorities in Italy gave the green light to the country’s first legally obtained assisted suicide. The ethics committee of the health service of the Italian city of Ancona ruled on Nov. 23 that a 43-year-old Italian man met the
November 25, 2021
A pieta painting displayed at The Catholic University of America’s law school that some see as depicting George Floyd in the place of Jesus was stolen Tuesday night, the school announced. But in an email Wednesday, Nov. 24, President John Garvey said the artwork — which sparked a social media backlash and an ongoing petition
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