SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
January 09, 2021
Powerful aftershocks have continued to rock central Croatia after the earthquake on 29 December, which struck roughly 30 miles southeast of Zagreb and measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.
January 08, 2021
The Roman aristocracy learned by experience that their traditions and institutions were fragile, and depended on the faithful obedience of every citizen. But if a man were willing to use his money and mob violence and military power for his own ends, setting aside the needs of the Republic, then he could indulge dreams and ambitions that were simply beyond the minds of previous generations.
January 08, 2021
Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell, Scotland, says the severity of the situation warrants emergency measures.
January 08, 2021
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” on Friday, and has asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for extraordinary powers to powers to close places of worship and make masks mandatory even in crowded spaces outdoors.
January 08, 2021
Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola said that the Mexican bishops “regret the events and the deaths occurred at the United States Capitol," and added that “democracy and the rule of law need to prevail over the acts of violence.”
January 08, 2021
In a setback for pro-life legislative efforts, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a lower district court’s 2019 ruling blocking Arkansas measures. The panel upheld injunctions against two laws on the grounds that they would create a legal barrier to abortion before the viability of the unborn child, about 24 weeks into pregnancy.
January 08, 2021
As Democrats already hold the House and White House, it is in the Senate that CNA's Matt Hadro sees pro-lifers' best chance to thwart pro-abortion policies.
January 08, 2021
Whatever one calls what happened on Wednesday, the spectacle of hundreds of thugs storming, vandalizing, and occupying the US Capitol, interrupting the national legislature’s acknowledgment of the electoral votes certified by each of the states in the fullness of their rightful sovereignty, surely appalled every true American—and filled us with an immense sadness—a horrible day for the Republic.
January 07, 2021
Fr. Adolf Kajpr was a Jesuit priest and journalist who was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp after publishing Catholic magazines critical of the Nazis. Five years after his liberation from Dachau, Kajpr was arrested by Communist authorities in Prague and sentenced to 12 years in a gulag for writing “seditious” articles.
January 07, 2021
Catholic bishops strongly condemned pro-Donald Trump protesters' incursion that penetrated the Capitol Building Wednesday as Congress debated the certification of the presidential election results, leading to the evacuation of lawmakers and the deadly shooting of one protester by law enforcement.
January 07, 2021
"Domestic terrorists," "a mob," "goons," "thugs," "seditionists," were just some of the words used to describe the thousands who broke the windows, scrawled rude messages and flew their flags on Capitol Hill. But Senator Schumer noted, the only thing they  accomplished was to delay their sacred duty, the counting of the Electoral College votes, by a few hours.
January 07, 2021
The day began with Donald Trump insisting to around 10,000 of his supporters gathered at the Ellipse, just outside the White House, that he will never concede.