SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
July 15, 2021
Madrid, Spain, Jul 14, 2021 / 05:30 am. A body representing Spain’s medical colleges said on Monday that a government minister’s threat to conscientious objection on abortion is “unacceptable, illegal, and unjust.” The General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) was responding to proposed changes to the country’s abortion law announced by Spain’s Equality Minister Irene
July 15, 2021
Vatican City, Jul 15, 2021 / 09:00 am. Members of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy met in person on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the Holy See’s final balance for 2020 and its investment policy. The July 14-15 meeting was the first time that the body has met face-to-face since Pope Francis nominated six women to
July 14, 2021
Forty-some years ago, I sat in on meetings of the presumptuously-named Philosophers Club, which met in the home of its San Diego founder, a young man who would go on to become the leader of the American Humanist Association. Members of the club prided themselves on their rationality. They eschewed religion. Most were atheists, others
July 14, 2021
The car, with darkened windows, taking Pope Francis back to the Vatican after his stay at the Gemelli hospital for colon surgery.   By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jul 14, 2021 / 04:30 am Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.
July 13, 2021
Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 12, 2021 / 12:03 pm. Father Castor Álvarez was beaten and arrested in Camagüey while he was defending young protesters amid protests of Cuba’s communist government on Sunday. Protests took place across the island July 11. According to information confirmed by CNA’s sister agency, ACI Prensa, the priest is being held at
July 13, 2021
Yes, someone said that -- not a complete crank, either -- in an article for a third-tier conserative American publication that was essentially a rant, says David Mills, who took up his pen mainly because the author of the screed annoyed him. "The article's a rant by an ideologically marginal writer, writing in a marginal publication," but the author of the piece "does represent a large section of American conservatism, who think as he does."
July 13, 2021
Pope Francis's stay in hospital following the operation on July 4 was originally slated for five days. That prediction was extended last week, and Pope Francis prayed the Angelus in hospital. On Monday, the Vatican announced that he would remain in hospital some days more.
July 13, 2021
"A man of justice, peace and unity," Pope Francis writes, "[the late Cardinal Monswengo] has been deeply involved in integral human development in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
July 12, 2021
Interviewed in 1998, when he was edited The Daily Telegraph, the Tory journalist Charles Moore describes entering the Church when one's family doesn't like it, his support for Vatican II, and his thoughts on England and Catholicism.
July 12, 2021
The Scottish accountant, novelist, and Catholic convert, Bruce Marshall escaped Paris just two days before the Germans invaded, served in the army through the war, and then returned to France when the war ended. Perhaps best known now for Father Malachy’s Miracle and The World, the Flesh, and Father Smith, he also wrote spy stories
July 12, 2021
The statement said Pope Francis had “spent a quiet day and has completed the immediate post-operative course.”
July 12, 2021
Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 12, 2021 / 05:30 am. Pope Francis will visit Scotland “for a very short time” in November, a spokesperson for the country’s bishops’ conference said Monday. The pope is expected to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on Nov. 1-12. “The pope will be in