SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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July 19, 2018
There had been speculation that Mgr Gilfredo Marengo's commission would challenge Church teaching
July 19, 2018
The Ofsted head’s latest speech won’t allay the concerns of faith schools “The last thing a chief inspector should be is a crusader.” So said the Chief Inspector of Schools, Amanda Spielman, in a Guardian interview back in February. And yet the Ofsted chief has often been caught up in controversies over what she calls
July 12, 2018
Politicians are ever more confident in declaring their Catholicism. But when it comes to the crunch, they are not exactly St Thomas More
July 12, 2018
The good news is that Catholicism is back in fashion. Gone are the days when Tony Blair kept his papist sympathies a secret in case people thought he was a “nutter”, or when John F Kennedy insisted that his religion was “not relevant” to his presidential campaign. Across Western Europe and North America, politicians are
July 05, 2018
The High Court has upheld a ban on pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics On October 20 last year, Kevin Bigg, a homeless man, was sitting in a small park by Hardwicke Circus, Carlisle. A child who was passing threw a couple of pound coins into Bigg’s sleeping bag. Unfortunately for Bigg, he had been warned
July 05, 2018
The ordinariate reaches a milestone The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is only seven years old, but the ordinations in Birmingham last weekend felt like a coming-of-age ceremony. The ordinariate, set up to allow former Anglicans to retain their heritage within the Catholic Church, has eight new priests. And while six of them
June 28, 2018
A chilling report reveals the killing of the vulnerable under the auspices of the National Health Service It had, said the Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, “all the hall-marks of routine extermination of the inconvenient”. According to last week’s independent report on the Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1998 to 2000, at least 456 people died
June 28, 2018
Why a diocese agreed to have a priest’s tombstone demolished How can the Church purge the demonic evil of child abuse from the priesthood? And how can dioceses examine allegations in a way that’s fair to the survivors and the accused? These questions, which have been forced back into public attention by the case of
June 22, 2018
The proposed reform would give parents more say in choosing medical care for a child
June 21, 2018
The continent is bucking the trend on priestly vocations The number of seminarians has fallen amid what a Vatican document calls a “crisis of vocations”. But Africa – and one nation in particular – has bucked the trend. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of men in seminary training for the priesthood fell by nearly
June 21, 2018
A new project will put English Catholics in touch with their past In 2015, the historian David Starkey complained that the BBC series Wolf Hall contained “a deliberate perversion of fact”. The programme, based on Hilary Mantel’s novel, presented Thomas Cromwell as a tender family man, even something of an early feminist. Like other historians,
June 15, 2018
The number of seminarians has declined since 2012, but overall the Catholic population has remained steady
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