SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Fr Mark Drew

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January 07, 2016
A new year, in the Church as elsewhere, is a time to take stock of past progress and evaluate future prospects. In the Vatican, as the Christmas festivities recede and the activities of the Curia resume their normal pace, all eyes are on Pope Francis at the start of what promises to be a decisive
October 29, 2015
The past three weeks have shown there is a real fracture within the Catholic hierarchy. Can Francis find a way to lead and unite the conflicting factions?
September 24, 2015
By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians
September 24, 2015
Why Rome is looking East By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians Until quite recently, to most of us, the word “synod” probably meant the governing body of the Church of England. Catholics spoke of the councils, worldwide (“ecumenical”) or local, which
September 24, 2015
Why Rome is looking East By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians Until quite recently, to most of us, the word “synod” probably meant the governing body of the Church of England. Catholics spoke of the councils, worldwide (“ecumenical”) or local, which
July 09, 2015
In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment
June 04, 2015
As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies
February 26, 2015
Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster
November 13, 2014
The first Briton to serve as Vatican ‘foreign minister’ is a remarkable personality
October 03, 2014
The rolling of heads is hardly a de-Ratzingerisation, but it does suggest an adjustment to the line taken by Benedict XVI and St John Paul II
July 28, 2014
Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy
April 22, 2014
The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world
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