SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Dan Hitchens

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April 28, 2016
In one sense, nothing could be more fashionable than a Catholic charity. Catholic Social Teaching has inspired a number of influential figures, from Bernie Sanders and the Blue Labour movement to IMF leader Christine Lagarde and Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England. As Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer, observed in a Catholic Herald
April 21, 2016
“Neither passive nor weak, Jesus’s nonviolence was the power of love in action.” Who could disagree? “The people of God have betrayed this central message of the Gospel many times”. Again, sadly, true. It was what came next – in the closing statement of a Vatican-hosted conference on peace – which caused controversy. “We believe
April 15, 2016
The cardinal said that Pope Francis had offered 'a much deeper understanding' of discernment
March 31, 2016
When Mother Angelica decided to set up a Catholic television network in 1981, the obstacles were considerable. Her monastery, Our Lady of the Angels in Alabama, would be the first ever to gain a broadcasting licence. There was nowhere to put a TV studio: she had to halt the building of a new garage and expand
March 24, 2016
When ISIS moved into the northern Iraqi town of Bakhdida in August 2014, Batool and her family left. Only her husband remained: he was ill and there wasn’t space in the car, so Batool returned later to fetch him. But when she did, the Kurdish troops surrounding the town refused to let her through. Batool called
March 22, 2016
Lord Alton said the rejection of an amendment to the Immigration Bill was a 'lamentable failure' by Parliament
March 17, 2016
US Secretary of State says ISIS is genocidal in both its ideology and actions towards Yazidis, Christians and Shia
March 16, 2016
A cross-party group of peers is pushing for a judge to determine whether ISIS are carrying out genocide in the Middle East
March 10, 2016
Since 2012 the east coast of Kent has had a new attraction – or at least, new since the Reformation. The Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury, inaugurated four years ago in Ramsgate, commemorates the great Benedictine monk who arrived near here in 597 with a mission to convert the English. The shrine has attracted
March 09, 2016
The cardinal said the Prevent strategy risked doing ‘immense damage’
March 04, 2016
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who died in 1906, is likely to be declared a saint this year
March 03, 2016
Without Catholics the European Union might never have existed, but today some see it as a godless superpower that’s past its sell-by date
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