SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
C C Pecknold

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April 14, 2020
The cardinal spoke about forgiveness, suffering, the foundations of law - and the speculation about a Vatican plot
April 11, 2020
Without public liturgy, Catholics can still enter the Church’s life in the temple of our hearts
February 28, 2020
There was a time when the nation would set aside partisan differences and ask God to pour His graces upon all of us in a time of anxiety and fear
February 26, 2020
Lent does something that Carnival, and our world, never can – it purifies us for the deepest gladness
February 21, 2020
Porn culture sells degradation as liberty. We have to fight it
February 14, 2020
After months of agitation around the Amazonian Synod, the Holy Father’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia was received with relief by many.  Pope Francis simply ignored the radical reforms demanded by rich, bourgeois liberals in Germany.  They funded much of the Amazonian synod, and they wanted results. They wanted exceptions to compulsory priestly celibacy —
February 14, 2020
After months of agitation around the Amazonian Synod, the Holy Father’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia was received with relief by many.  Pope Francis simply ignored the radical reforms demanded by rich, bourgeois liberals in Germany.  They funded much of the Amazonian synod, and they wanted results. They wanted exceptions to compulsory priestly celibacy —
February 07, 2020
Last week, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga decreed that it is “forbidden to distribute or to receive Holy Communion in the hands.” The Archdiocese of Kampala is home to more than 1.5 million Ugandan Catholics served by 324 priests, yet many gather for Mass in homes rather than in parishes, leading to widespread liturgical abuses. Archbishop
January 24, 2020
As early as the middle of the first century, a treatise known as the Didache began to be circulated. The word means “teaching.” Attested in some manuscripts as the teaching of the twelve apostles, it is absolutely the teaching of an early Jewish Christian community who had compiled the work over decades on the basis
January 17, 2020
The eminent historian Peter Brown notes that in the fourth century there were many elite men writing “another kind of letter” about their lives. Men who might become Manichaeans, or Skeptics, or Stoics, or Platonists were called “men of the spirit,” elite Roman men who would have otherwise enjoyed stable imperial careers were now traversing
January 16, 2020
Planned Parenthood released its annual report last week. The company performed 345,672 abortion procedures in the 2018-2019 fiscal year – early half of all abortions in the United States. It’s not sorry, but the annual report reveals an organisation that’s scrambling to defend abortion. Even as Planned Parenthood’s heart-stopping work continues in clinics across the
January 10, 2020
Planned Parenthood released their annual report on Monday. The company performed 345,672 abortion procedures in the 2018-2019 fiscal year— nearly half of all abortions in the United States. They’re not sorry, but the annual report reveals an organization that’s scrambling to defend abortion. Even as their heart-stopping work continues in clinics across the country, the