SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Dan Hitchens

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March 03, 2016
In 1933, a German dissident named Konrad Adenauer was placed under house arrest by the Nazis. A devout Catholic, he took the opportunity to study the Church’s social teaching. In the great encyclicals of popes Leo XIII and Pius XI he found an immensely appealing vision – “an order willed by God which was perfectly
March 03, 2016
The cardinal met a group of survivors this morning after four days of questioning by an Australian royal commission
February 19, 2016
No one can be sure – and perhaps we shouldn't read too much into them anyway
December 10, 2015
Aoife Assumpta Hart calls herself a “nunnabe” – somebody whose dream is to be a nun. She has wanted to enter religious life since she was eight. But, she says, it can’t happen, for a simple reason. Hart is a transsexual, and although she now identifies as female, she was born male. “Nuns are communities
June 11, 2015
No longer seen as a ‘counter-cultural foghorn’, the great writer is becoming increasingly popular – and relevant to modern life
January 01, 1970
The lives of the saints abound with simple acts of mercy, performed instinctively to those in need. Indeed, these are very often the most cherished and lovingly retold episodes from their heroic lives. Think, for instance, of St Martin of Tours’ dividing his cloak to clothe a naked beggar. Of St Christopher’s willingness to carry
January 01, 1970
Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that a controversial sentence in a document signed by Pope Francis “has to be removed”. Earlier this month, Pope Francis and a senior Muslim cleric, Ahmed el-Tayeb, signed a “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”. It claimed that “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour,
January 01, 1970
Where would you go? Ethiopia. I want to see those underground Churches in Lalibela. As a South African, I’ve always had interest in African art, artefact and jewellery and the Ethopians dress in the most wonderful way. Their modern jewellery, made out of recycled glass, and their traditional stuff is just heavenly. John, my husband,
January 01, 1970
Was Jesus a tragic figure? The Crucifixion was certainly as brutal and bloody as anything in Sophocles or Shakespeare. It was the kind of death which the ancient Romans reserved mostly for political rebels, and the point was to humiliate its victims as well as torture them. Look how helpless you are when up against
January 01, 1970
Where would you go? Ethiopia. I want to see those underground Churches in Lalibela. As a South African, I’ve always had interest in African art, artefact and jewellery and the Ethopians dress in the most wonderful way. Their modern jewellery, made out of recycled glass, and their traditional stuff is just heavenly. John, my husband,
January 01, 1970
Was Jesus a tragic figure? The Crucifixion was certainly as brutal and bloody as anything in Sophocles or Shakespeare. It was the kind of death which the ancient Romans reserved mostly for political rebels, and the point was to humiliate its victims as well as torture them. Look how helpless you are when up against
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