SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
C C Pecknold

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September 10, 2019
In the 1940s, a Jesuit theologian named Henri Bouillard proclaimed that a theology which is not “up to date” is a “false theology.” At such arrogance, the French Dominican Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange pounded his fist, and his pen, to insist that it’s not the eternal truths which should be conformed to a changing world, but a
September 06, 2019
Last night, Ross Douthat told a packed hall at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. that the heated disagreement which emerged this past summer between Sohrab Ahmari and David French looks to The New York Times reader like a mere squabble “between radically Christian conservatives.” But Douthat cautioned that in an age of secularism which is
September 05, 2019
Modern theologians, especially in the post-war period, often spoke as though the Catholic Church would have to change in order to maintain relevance in the modern world. They did not think this change was likely to come from magisterial teaching, “from above”, but rather “from below” – that is from the lived experiences of ordinary
September 03, 2019
Chris Hayes, a talented liberal pundit with his own “cable-news” show on MSNBC, recently became a news story himself. Defending Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stated opposition to the electoral college, Hayes stated on his program that “the weirdest thing about the electoral college is the fact that if it wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the
August 30, 2019
A recent poll reveals that while White Catholics sadly mirror national divisions on abortion, Hispanic and Latino Catholics paint a more complicated picture. Hispanic Catholics are the ethnic group least likely to support the legality of abortion, but drilling down into the data shows that Hispanic Catholics born outside the U.S. were far less likely
August 27, 2019
Modern theologians, especially in the post-war period, often spoke as though the Catholic Church was going to need to change in order to maintain relevance in the modern world. They did not think this change was likely to come from magisterial teaching, “from above,” but rather “from below,” that is from the lived experiences of
August 23, 2019
“Having had regard to the whole of the evidence led at trial, and having deliberated long and hard over this matter, I find myself in the position of having genuine doubt as to [Pell’s] guilt.” Those words were not written by a Catholic, or a conservative, nor were they written by a man inured to
August 22, 2019
The Lutheran pastor and humorist Hans Fiene recently remarked “the most obnoxious Protestants in the world are liberal boomer Catholics.” The comment, both funny and true, was prompted by a video which surfaced of a June 30 protest at a Mass celebrated at St Francis Church in Portland, Oregon. The sparsely attended parish was filled
August 20, 2019
Planned Parenthood has run its abortion clinics for so long with the help of federal funding that it seems like a para-governmental agency which can’t exist without your tax dollars. That fiction ended yesterday when Planned Parenthood announced it would refuse federal funds rather than cease to provide abortion referrals to their clients — confirming
August 16, 2019
The Lutheran pastor and humorist Hans Fiene recently remarked “the most obnoxious Protestants in the world are liberal boomer Catholics.” The comment, both funny and true, was prompted by a video which surfaced of a June 30th protest at a Mass celebrated at St Francis Church in Portland, Oregon. The sparsely attended parish was filled
August 13, 2019
The news of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide on Saturday in his Manhattan jail cell immediately drew wild speculations over the weekend concerning the conspiratorial schemes which could have made it possible. US Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled and frankly angry to learn of the failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” and has launched
August 09, 2019
The latest Pew study shockingly states that only 31 per cent of Catholics in the United States believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.” Out of the 69 per cent of Catholics surveyed who believe that the bread and wine are mere “symbols,” only 22