SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Dan Hitchens

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July 05, 2016
The Vatican's liturgy chief said priests should view the proposed change as 'something good for the Church, something good for our people'
July 01, 2016
Since Friday, Chesterton's prophecy of popular uprising has been quoted everywhere
June 24, 2016
Two things drove the anger behind Brexit: a decline in living standards, and a feeling of powerlessness
June 23, 2016
Last week, for the first time in his pontificate, Pope Francis retracted a comment. But in between the comment and the retraction, he awakened a debate over marriage, canon law and modern culture which may well continue for some time. Speaking at a Q&A session at the Diocese of Rome’s annual congress, the Pope said: “The
June 16, 2016
The story of Vatican finance reform could only ever be told properly by a skilful thriller-writer. It is both too full of clashes between big personalities and too complicated by bureaucratic procedures. If such a thriller is ever written, it may use the events of the last two months as a good moment for a
June 09, 2016
St Gregory Nazianzus turned down an invitation to the First Council of Constantinople (381) because, he said, “I know these things. I know that all Councils produce nothing but confusion and fighting.” This month’s Pan-Orthodox Council, scheduled to take place in Crete from June 16 to 26, is not exactly Constantinople I, which is recognised
June 02, 2016
Two months after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he appointed an old friend to a new position. The theologian Victor Manuel Fernández, an ally from Buenos Aires days, was given the honorary role of titular archbishop of Tiburnia. Last week, Archbishop Fernández was named by the veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister as the source for
May 19, 2016
When Pope Francis mused aloud that a commission to study the question of deaconesses would be “useful”, he provoked some excited reactions. “This news fills me with immense joy,” tweeted the author Fr James Martin SJ. In some quarters it was mooted that this might be a “first step” towards women’s ordination. (How this could
May 06, 2016
The centre, at Britain's largest Catholic university, seeks to 'bring the riches of Catholic teaching into the national conversation'
May 05, 2016
Whether out of fatigue with the culture wars, or a reluctance to attack something which has become so normal, or in obedience to St Paul’s warning that impurity should not even be talked about – whatever the reason, a Catholic witness against pornography has often been lacking. But elsewhere, a backlash has begun. Last month,
May 05, 2016
The prime minister said 'ethical issues' must be taken into account
May 04, 2016
The cardinal said Britain could make 'a vital contribution' to the renewal of the EU
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