SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
June 21, 2021
The announcement of the resignation of two bishops, also on Saturday, was always likely to go unremarked, if unnoticed. But there are resignations and resignations, and these two were not without interest.
June 20, 2021
My heart is not yet fully human. It is at times quite primitive, fearful, angry, and vengeful. This is often something beyond my control, though how I deal with it is up to me and my response to grace. Our hearts are wounded, divided, wanting to do one thing, but doing the exact opposite. We
June 19, 2021
Pope Francis on Saturday advanced Robert Schuman’s cause for sainthood, authorizing a decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognizing the French statesman’s heroic virtues. Born in Luxembourg in 1886, Schuman became a French citizen in 1919 and immediately involved himself in politics. He served in various French governments, rising to prominence following
June 19, 2021
The American bishops have agreed to write a statement on whether pro-choice Catholic politicians may receive Communion. It's needed, though it will be toothless. But that's not the real issue, anymore. The problem is many of them now oppose the Church living by her principles, when those principles contradict Democratic party policy.
June 19, 2021
The czarist government had sent him to jail in Siberia because he was a Catholic priest, not Orthodox. After the Russian Revolution, when he’d become head of the Russian Catholics, the communist state persecuted him as a Christian. Fr Leonid Feodorov died on 7 March 1935 of what were called “natural causes,” but were the
June 18, 2021
Pope Francis continues to provide charitable support for developing countries as they struggle to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Office of Papal Charities announced that it had arranged for the purchase of 38 ventilators, as well as other medical equipment, which have been sent to nine different countries around the world.
June 18, 2021
“Due to the explosion which occurred on the 4th August 2020, Saint Joseph’s Church was severely damaged. Most of the wooden windows and doors were destroyed, the pitched roof was severely affected too.”
June 17, 2021
Following a decision by Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, the community will leave the Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon — the site of St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s birthplace — in September.
June 17, 2021
The editors of the Catholic Herald, in the lead editorial in the issue of 16 January 1942, have been discussing the challenges of Christian unity, which the war had heightened. Now, they say, others have shifted their attention from dogma to “the outward effects of differing Christian standpoints.”  They then write:   Whether this weakening
June 17, 2021
Vatican City, Jun 16, 2021 / 13:00 pm. A leading European cardinal has said that the great problem the continent will face in the future is attacks against religious freedom. In a June 16 interview with ACI Stampa, CNA’s Italian-language partner agency, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said he thought that “the problem of religious freedom will be the
June 16, 2021
The bishops of the United States are meeting virtually for their regular spring Plenary Assembly from Wednesday through Friday of this week, with a full agenda including votes on causes for canonization, liturgical translations, and policy statements on pastoral ministry to native Americans and young people heading the agenda. However, the meeting is likely to
June 16, 2021
Of course it was just another example of tokenism and hucksterism by a corporation seeking to align itself with a faddish cause célèbre. Of course the media’s and the Twitterati’s response demonstrates that for all our demographic stagnation and declining fertility, the relative rate of birth of suckers has not slowed since P. T. Barnum