SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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December 04, 2020
Paul Moore, who has died aged 61, was known by his colleagues at the bank HBOS as the “mad monk”. It was a reference to his Catholicism, but also to his outspokenness on matters of principle – an outspokenness which was vindicated when he became one of the most important financial whistleblowers of modern times.
November 16, 2020
What we can learn from the Catena Aurea
November 09, 2020
However, an old cell-line was involved in a confirmatory test
November 06, 2020
It’s the bishops, not Boris Johnson, who are ordained to run the Church
October 25, 2020
His remarks will make life harder for Catholics – and will not help gay people
October 01, 2020
While the world still obsesses over American popular culture, speaks American English and is reshaped by American wars, it is necessary to care about the American elections. They are, admittedly, hard to watch: a “Simpsons parody of a Bosch painting”, as Christopher Altieri puts it on page 18. For many voters, not unreasonably, the most
August 20, 2020
Fr Martin says he has ‘never challenged’ Church teaching. It’s a curious expression
July 10, 2020
Sometimes an issue of the magazine is planned around a particular theme, and sometimes one just emerges of its own accord. In recent weeks, as protesters have crowded the streets to demand that statues are taken down, Herald writers have been reflecting on how we relate to the complicated past. On page 47, two historians
June 14, 2020
Racial injustice is an urgent crisis. But other elements of progressive politics are more dubious
May 15, 2020
Only one editor of the Catholic Herald has ever been sent to jail. But Charles Diamond was a major figure in our history: the paper’s founder and, from 1888 to 1934, the man at the editor’s desk. The Herald was founded in the era of Cardinal Manning, when the cause of workers’ rights was at
April 09, 2020
If you are reading this in the print edition, you hold in your hands a minor historical document: the last weekly edition of the Catholic Herald. As I explained in this space last week, we have decided that the best way to serve our readers is to produce a bigger, more considered and wider-ranging monthly,
April 02, 2020
Dear Subscribers, You are always in our prayers here at the Catholic Herald, and now more than ever in this strange moment. The pandemic has of course affected the media too: some countries have banned publications altogether, while several titles – including L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s own daily – have suspended printing. The trials of