SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 29, 2021
Two definitive art exhibitions in London have been largely overlooked. Is this the new iconoclasm when it comes to Catholic culture?
August 28, 2021
Early next month, the trial resumes of Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine others charged with a number of serious irregularities relating to Vatican finances – embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of office. Cardinal Becciu is the most prominent, being not only a former close associate of the pope, but the cardinal responsible for the advancement
August 28, 2021
Alison Weir reviews Sarah Gristwood's new exploration of courtly love in the Tudor age: "The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty"
August 27, 2021
The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland Crawford Gribben Oxford University Press, £25, 352 pages _________ There is a growing literature about the demise of Irish Christianity. The latest comes from Crawford Gribben of Queen’s University, Belfast. It is called, simply, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland and it is a broad, sweeping, readable
August 27, 2021
Greek Myths: A New Retelling Charlotte Higgins Jonathan Cape, £20, 336 pages ________ In Ancient Greek, mythos simply meant a traditional story – and, to modern Greeks, a Mythos means the best beer in the country. The Greek myths, then, are really the best stories ever told – and some of the earliest. As Virginia
August 27, 2021
A pilgrimage to the of holy outpost of Iona, 40 years after 
first being inspired to visit the tiny Hebridean island
August 27, 2021
 A Liverpool priest has described how he saw his life was flashing before his eyes like “a drowning man” the moment he was told that Pope Francis wanted to appoint him as an auxiliary bishop of his home diocese. Canon Thomas Neylon said that although he was summoned to London see Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the
August 26, 2021
The wisdom of Evelyn Waugh provides theological sustenance in these fractious times
August 26, 2021
With the clergy seemingly intent on blotting out tradition, the Church finds itself engaged in another unedifying culture war
August 26, 2021
As MPs debate a Bill allowing assisted suicide in the UK, new research highlights the emotional toll it takes on medical staff
August 26, 2021
Vatican City, Aug 25, 2021 / 03:55 am Pope Francis said on Wednesday that hypocrisy within the Church is “particularly detestable.” Speaking at the general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Aug. 25, the pope underlined that hypocritical behavior damaged Church unity. “Hypocrisy in the Church is particularly detestable, and unfortunately there is
August 25, 2021
The bishops of England and Wales have urged Catholics to write urgently to peers to ask them to speak against the Assisted Dying Bill when it comes before the House of Lords in the autumn. In the first major intervention by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales since the introduction of the Private Member’s
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