SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Ben Conroy

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November 12, 2020
St Augustine and Aquinas led Jennifer Frey to the Faith. Now she wants Catholic and contemporary philosophers to ‘talk more to each other’
August 17, 2020
Elizabeth Lev believes that Catholic art has saved the Faith once - and can do so again
June 12, 2020
Ross Douthat is worried about decadence. Not the bacchanalian excess of Las Vegas, Hugh Hefner, or Jersey Shore, but decadence as stagnation and sclerosis: the decadence of a country or world that is old and tired, with its best days behind it. Douthat is perhaps the most prominent US Catholic journalist. He’s written a column
May 27, 2020
In the first of a series of interviews with leading minds, the philosopher Fr Thomas White OP discusses apologetics, the coronavirus and the need for deeper conversations. Fr Thomas Joseph White OP seems tired. When I Skype-call his office in the Pontifical University of the Angelicum in Rome, I ask how he is finding the
February 13, 2020
Ireland has just voted in a new Dáil, and it’s one that represents a well and truly post-Catholic Ireland. If the recent same-sex marriage and abortion referendums were in part about rejecting Ireland’s Catholic past, the general election of 2020 felt like the one in which the Church and Catholicism were mostly beside the point.
October 31, 2019
The anti-abortion movement is in a strange place. On the one hand, Roe v Wade might soon be substantially weakened by the US Supreme Court, perhaps ultimately leading to its complete overturning (though I remain sceptical about that possibility). A wave of pro-life laws could result, giving a psychological boost to abolitionism worldwide. Viewed through
March 14, 2019
Growing up as an Irish Catholic in the 1990s and early 2000s, I was quietly but fiercely proud of my country. Our economy was the envy of the world. The Good Friday Agreement had brought peace in the North. The Church had lost a lot of its temporal power, but the abuse scandals made it