SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
David Oldroyd-Bolt

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March 15, 2019
More than four hundred people took part in Rites of Election at Westminster Cathedral last weekend. At Masses presided over by Cardinal Nichols, who was assisted by Bishops Sherrington, Hudson, McAleenan and Wilson, 219 candidates and 200 catechumens attended Rites of Election over Saturday and Sunday. In his remarks to the congregation, Cardinal Nichols made
March 07, 2019
When I was a boy, my highest ambition was to be a soldier. I dreamt of a career as a dashing officer in the Life Guards, adorning myself each week with the gleaming cuirass and plumed helmet worn while on mounted guard, making my rapid ascent to become a field marshal, the youngest since Wellington.
February 28, 2019
To the Kwai – And Back: War Drawings 1939-1945 By Ronald Searle Souvenir Press, 308pp, £12.99/$19.99 This is a welcome reprint by Souvenir Press of Ronald Searle’s original collection of sketches, first published in 1986. Although almost the same time gap separates that initial publication from when they were drawn and from today’s reissue, the
January 03, 2019
Churchill: Walking with Destiny By Andrew Roberts Allen Lane, 1,152pp, £35/$40 If some kind soul gave you a handful of notes to spend, no strings attached, how would you dispose of it? While you’re mulling that one over, allow me to make a suggestion: go immediately to your nearest book shop, hand over the cash and
December 20, 2018
After my first Confession in a long time, I found the joy I had forgotten
September 20, 2018
Composer Sir James MacMillan has seen the fortunes of his home town improve. Luckily, it’s a perfect place for music Driving into the west of Scotland from England for the first time is a surreal experience. Just north of Gretna Green there’s a point when everything suddenly and inexplicably doubles in size and scale, as
September 13, 2018
Thomas Cole’s name does not gain instant recognition in Britain. In his adopted land of the United States, however, he is revered as the founder of American landscape artistry. A current exhibition at the National Gallery, Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire (until October 7), attempts to make the case in his favour. By and large,
August 30, 2018
The lives of the saints are replete with stories of notorious sinners who became exemplars of Catholicism. Few, though, are so unusual as that of Hermann Cohen, Jewish child prodigy of the piano and gambling addict turned champion of the Eucharist and promoter of nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Born at Hamburg on November
August 30, 2018
Hermann Cohen, gambling addict turned Carmelite priest, preached to crowds of thousands across Europe
March 15, 2018
How has the MP become the bookies' favourite to be Prime Minister?
March 15, 2018
It seems hardly possible to credit but it is impossible to ignore. Had one predicted it in 2010 it would have been thought the forecast of a deranged mind, and even on the eve of the Brexit referendum no serious political commentator would have given the idea credence. Yet the fact remains: Jacob Rees-Mogg is
March 08, 2018
It’s snowing, heavily but intermittently, when I meet Stephen Hough at a café in north London, and he ought to be in Milan. It isn’t the weather that prevented his going, though; just plain, old-fashioned Italian inefficiency. “They’d double-booked the hall,” he tells me, smiling broadly. “My agent rang up last week to make sure
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