SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Alan Fimister

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October 16, 2020
For the last century and a half the Church has been dominated by the papacy. The papacy has always been there, instituted by Our Lord Himself, like the sun in the heavens, but for the last 150 years we have been living in a heatwave. To start with there were a lot of fun times
March 11, 2020
The traditions complement each other. But the West's is more precious and more fragile
November 25, 2019
In the Missal first issued in 1969, yesterday was the Feast of the Kingship of Christ. Until that year this feast was held on the last Sunday in October. The transference of the celebration has particular significance: it demonstrates a shift in emphasis, from Christ’s reign in the here-in-now, to his reign in eternity. When
March 27, 2019
The mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 50 Muslims, are an unspeakable tragedy, and we must pray for the victims and their families – and for the conversion of those who perpetrate such evils. Islam is not a race but a creed; nevertheless, it appears from reports that the shooter was inspired by
October 12, 2017
Derya Little has a disarming smile and a slight glow. It is very difficult to dislike her and few people seem to try. Perhaps, therefore, she is ideally placed to take on one of the most perilous and unfashionable topics in modern religious and political discourse: why Islam isn’t true. Derya is a former Muslim,
June 28, 2017
The Catechism says we may have some 'hope', but it doesn't overrule the Church's authoritative past teaching
June 02, 2017
Catholic doctrine suggests that limbo really does exist - although opinions about it differ
March 27, 2017
The philosopher was renowned for his vast tomes and his eccentricities
February 23, 2017
Mike Otterson is coming home. Not all the way home (he is a Scouser) but a lot closer than he has been for most of his career. Otterson’s professional journey in journalism and then public relations has taken him from Liverpool to Canberra, from Tokyo to Salt Lake City, and now on his retirement he
July 01, 2016
Leave voters believe in democracy and the rule of law. European history shows they are right to reject the EU
May 26, 2016
St Augustine warned 1,500 years ago that false supranational unity is a structure of sin. The EU has proved him right