SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Dan Hitchens

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September 20, 2018
Fr Alphonse L’Heureux, a Trappist monk living in China, was tortured to death by Chinese soldiers from the Marxist side of the civil war in 1947. The monk’s death is almost too shocking too tell here, but one testimony stays: a soldier is said to have remarked that Fr L’Heureux’s serene expression made him look
September 20, 2018
Why pro-abortion campaigners failed to convince the Home Secretary In a celebrated scene from Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, the dissident John Galt makes a ludicrous but eloquent speech about the pioneers of human history. “The great creators – the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors – stood alone against the men of their
September 13, 2018
The National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool left Catholics feeling renewed “I hope it won’t be another 110 years before the next one.” So says a friend just back from Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress which brought thousands of Catholics to Liverpool last weekend. Not since 1908 has there been a national event devoted to the
September 06, 2018
The cardinal said that breaking with the doctrine would contradict the nature of marriage
September 06, 2018
The aid agency’s search for a new leader It’s not a bad job, being director of Cafod: £90,000 a year to run the English Church’s international aid agency, and to oversee its tireless work feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and empowering those on the margins. But it’s not an easy job, either: in an
September 05, 2018
The aid agency is choosing a new director. Here are six possible candidates
August 31, 2018
Archbishop Viganò made four major claims. But do the facts support them?
August 16, 2018
What future for Benedictine schools after a damning abuse report? Downside and Ampleforth: even these beautiful names are evocative. They summon up a past of Benedictine monks serving Christ in community, and at the same time educating Catholic boys in the Faith. These schools played their part in the Second Spring of 19th-century Catholicism, and
August 15, 2018
In an open letter, scholars and clergy say that Scripture teaches the death penalty can be legitimate
August 04, 2018
This wouldn't be the first time a pope has been in tension with Catholic teaching
July 26, 2018
A famous leftist revolutionary, hoping to shore up electoral support, backs a strict pro-life law. A government minister genuflects in front of the Pope. A radio station is punished for replacing a presidential address with the rosary. Welcome to the politics of Nicaragua, where Catholicism and revolutionary socialism have clashed amid a national tragedy. That
July 26, 2018
The Vatican has caused alarm by saying consecrated virgins need not be virgins Since 1970, when the Rite of Consecration of Virgins was reintroduced, numbers have steadily grown, and are projected to reach 5,000 by 2020. Consecrated virgins are women who take a vow of celibacy, but live in the world in a great variety
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