SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
January 12, 2021
The National Tribunal Service is to be established following a 2019-2020 review chaired by Ian Elliott, which the bishops commissioned into safeguarding practices and processes within the Catholic Church.
January 11, 2021
The bishops' statement quotes Pope Francis’s message to the United Nations, in which the Holy Father says complete elimination of nuclear weapons is a “moral and humanitarian imperative."
January 11, 2021
In the motu proprio “Spiritus Domini,” issued on Jan. 11, the pope changed canon 230 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law to read: “Lay people who have the age and skills determined by decree of the Episcopal Conference, they can be permanently assumed, through the established liturgical rite, to the ministries of lectors and of acolytes; however this contribution does not give them the right to support or to remuneration by the Church.”
January 11, 2021
I started counting the days since anyone had touched me: back in March, a friend hugged me good-bye. The day before my world collapsed. At least we hugged each other. What day was that? No idea. What month, then? March. That was March. Then April came. The churches closed. This was … June? July? What day is it? What month is it? At least I know the year.
January 11, 2021
“You”, he shouted, “the one who dresses up like a priest every day like an idiot in this summer heat, I forgot your name, what’s your name? “  “Ricardus”, I answered in dread. “OK, hot shot, look at that verb in the fourth line of the page we are reading: tell me everything you know about it.”
January 11, 2021
Pope Francis also discussed the increasingly diffuse social tendency to judge persons’ worth on the basis of “productivity” and to discard anyone “unproductive” – especially the sick, the elderly, and the unborn – a tendency he identifies as the chief characteristic of the “throwaway” culture.
January 10, 2021
"In our desire for mastery over our lives, and the lives of others, we will believe and promote falsehoods; we will deny and suppress the truth to bolster our egos, even when doing so deadens our souls and harms those around us." - Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt
January 10, 2021
"I urge [government] authorities and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility," Pope Francis said Sunday, "in order to soothe tempers, promote national reconciliation, and protect the democratic values rooted in American society."
January 10, 2021
Houses of worship in England and Wales remain open, but several churches across denominations have taken the decision not to meet. "Catholic parishes," said Cardinal Nichols last week, "will continue to serve the needs of their local community."
January 09, 2021
Speaking to Mediaset Tg5 journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, in an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday evening at 20:40 CET on the Italian network, Pope Francis said: "I believe that, ethically, everyone must take the vaccine." 
January 09, 2021
"Even in the most mature realities," Pope Francis went on to say, "there’s something that isn't right -- something that causes people to take to the streets against the community, against democracy, against the common good."
January 09, 2021
In an interview with Vatican News, Archbishop Nugent discussed his experience in Haiti and the significance of his new assignment, especially insofar as the Pope's commitment to interreligious dialogue is concerned.