SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
June 13, 2021
On the way in, we walked down a hallway where we could just see in to a few of the rooms where some residents lived who couldn’t leave their rooms. I’d brought a youth group to a nursing home to sing carols to the people there, and these patients weren’t able even to make the
June 11, 2021
A Muslim lawyer for a Christian couple accused of blasphemy against Islam has warned that Muslim extremists are calling for their deaths. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were convicted of sending a text message, in English, that was considered blasphemous against Mohammad, despite being illiterate. They were convicted by a Pakistani court in 2014 and
June 11, 2021
“In the context of its role of supervision, the Dicastery… has identified several reasonable criteria concerning two necessary aspects of good government: regulating the terms of office in governing bodies at the international level, and the representativeness of these bodies.”
June 11, 2021
St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot
June 10, 2021
Whatever Cardinal Marx's reasons for submitting his resignation, Pope Francis's rejection of it makes the whole thing to appear thoroughly managed -- orchestrated -- choreographed.
June 10, 2021
Pope Francis refused to accept Cardinal Marx's resignation, instead asking him to stay on as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, confirming his mission and asking him to continue to work for “a spiritual renewal” in the Church.
June 10, 2021
The Pope insists that that the Church must face the abuse crisis “from our Paschal faith,” saying that “taking up the crisis, personally and communally, is the only fruitful path.”
June 10, 2021
A lament from 1967 of all the laity lost in the changes of the mid-sixties, which provides a worrying precedent for the state of the Church today.
June 10, 2021
Cover image: Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá, Colombia, by Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0   The Bishops of Colombia will renew the country’s consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as an expression “of the fervent yearning of the Catholic Church for unity, peace, and reconciliation in Colombia.” Cardinal Rubén Salazar, the Archbishop
June 09, 2021
My church and my country, and a community I value, have been implicated in hiding a mass grave of abused children. An unmarked mass grave of 215 indigenous children has been discovered under a residential school in British Columbia run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This has haunted me as a Catholic, as a
June 09, 2021
The Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Our Lady, Help of Christians – known as Worth Abbey – have elected Dom Mark Barrett as the seventh abbot of their foundation, succeeding Abbot Luke Jolly, who is retiring upon the completion of his term of office. English Benedictines choose their superior every eight years, after a
June 09, 2021
— Rome — The European Commission’s financial monitor, MONEYVAL, has issued a highly critical report on the anti-money-laundering and general financial oversight efforts of the Holy See. Both MONEYVAL and the Holy See describe the report as “positive” and cite “moderate” to “substantial” effectiveness ratings across a range of areas, but note significant room for