SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
November 30, 2020
The Diocese of Pittsburgh is set to enact a plan that will merge 40 parishes into 14, starting in January of 2021.
November 30, 2020
I’d long regarded as shallow irony the curse, “May you live in interesting times.” But thanks to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, I now appreciate its ironic depths: People actively want to think of themselves as living through “interesting times,” and they thus make the times — well, more interesting. Already in mid-March, as civil authorities warned
November 29, 2020
In our monastery’s large refectory, at the furthest end, a large cross hangs over the abbot’s place. It is the cross we use on Good Friday. I sometimes will walk down to it, the refectory dark except for the light that is over the cross. I will stand there and sip my coffee and pray,
November 28, 2020
A quieter affair this time around, the “session” had a reduced presence of both faithful and the media.
November 27, 2020
Fr James Bradley remembers a transformative evening in Hyde Park
November 27, 2020
A new study is full of imaginative sympathy
November 27, 2020
“[W]hen human dignity is protected," said the diplomat, " men and women are at liberty to devote themselves with an unhindered conscience to seek the Truth.”
November 27, 2020
The priest is also facing charges related to child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.
November 27, 2020
The cold came on so fast this year. We’d had a couple of cold snaps in northern Appalachia this fall; it even snowed a little on November first. But the real wintry cold came in with a wind storm this weekend. It went from t-shirt weather to near freezing in six hours, and this time
November 26, 2020
America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present by John Ghazvinian One World, 667pp, £16.99 John Ghazvinian has written a magnificent, bold, wide-reaching and potentially significant book on the thorny subject of Iranian-American relations. A subject that has been covered elsewhere (Barry Rubin’s Paved with Good Intentions, for example), Ghazvinian throws fresh historical light on
November 26, 2020
Even before we had the benefit of the Pope’s views on civil unions, we had a new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, which was an opportunity for him to opine about the subjects close to him – openness to migrants and hostility to nationalism, for instance. However, it ended up as the occasion for a terrific fuss
November 26, 2020
Detroit Church officials say priest was “overwhelmed with responsibilities” as pastor