SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Aaron Benavides

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July 25, 2019
The Nehemiah Project is a Christian rehabilitation programme that works with men to overcome drug and alcohol addictions in the London area. What is distinctive about it, apart from its Christian ethos, is its incredible success rate. “Only five per cent of the men that we’ve worked with over the last five years have reoffended, compared to
July 23, 2019
The Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico has issued a letter encouraging his priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem and announced that one Sunday Mass at the cathedral will be celebrated ad orientem from now on. In a message to his diocese, Bishop James S. Wall said celebrating the Mass ad orientem “is also a practice
July 18, 2019
The Vatican has announced a new director and deputy directors of the Holy See Press Office. In a press release, the Holy See announced that Matteo Bruni will serve as the Director of the Holy See Press Office, effective July 22, 2019. Bruni, 42, is originally from Winchester, Great Britain. He graduated from La Sapienza
July 16, 2019
A quote from St Augustine has apparently been banned from Facebook. Domenico Bettinelli, a pro-life activist from Massachusetts, said in a blog post that a passage by St Augustine from the Divine Office was taken down because it violated Facebook’s “Community Standards on hate speech”. The quote says: “Let us never assume that if we
July 11, 2019
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns, S.M. as Bishop of Menevia in Wales. Burns submitted his resignation on June 3, the day of his 75th birthday, as is required of all bishops by Canon Law. A priest of the Society of Mary, Burns was ordained a Bishop of the Forces
July 11, 2019
On Thursday morning, Vincent Lambert, the severely disabled Frenchman who was at the centre of a legal battle, died in Reims, France. In a tweet on Thursday morning, the Pontifical Academy for Life said Lambert’s death was “a defeat for our entire humanity.” Mons. Paglia e tutta la @PontAcadLife pregano per la famiglia di #VincentLambert, per
July 10, 2019
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Mgr Massimo Palombella as the Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, the Vatican has announced. The choir’s leadership has come under scrutiny after a financial scandal was revealed, prompting a Vatican investigation. In 2018, an investigation was begun into alleged money laundering and embezzlement by Palombella and Michelangelo
July 10, 2019
This weekend a Colombian Bishop will perform an exorcism and sprinkle holy water over an entire city from an army helicopter. Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya of the Diocese of Buenaventura is set to perform the prayers in the city that has recently experienced increased amounts of violent crimes. The exorcism was announced after the
July 10, 2019
Campaigners have condemned the House of Commons’ decision to pass an amendment that would decriminalize abortion in Northern Ireland. Stella Creasy, a Labour MP, sponsored the amendment that would force abortion on the province if the Northern Ireland government is not restored by October 21. The amendment includes a provision which allows a future Stormont
July 09, 2019
Pro-life and Christian groups should not be denied affiliation with their university students’ unions, the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said. Criticizing student unions who have denied requests by such groups to be affiliated with the student body, participate at Freshers’ Fairs, or book rooms for club events, David Isaac
July 09, 2019
A California bill that would have required priests to break the Seal of the Confessional has been shelved at the last minute. California Senate Bill 360 was pulled from the agenda for a committee hearing on July 8, effectively halting its legislative path. The bill that intended to make clergy members mandatory reporters with no
July 03, 2019
A Christian student was wrongly expelled from university for his views on gay marriage, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Felix Ngole was a student in the MA programme in social work at the University of Sheffield until he was expelled for sharing comments on Facebook saying, “the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a