SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Lucas Hollweg
February 20, 2020
Last week brought us the much-anticipated “post-synodal apostolic exhortation”. Is there any less lovely combination of words on the Vatican beat? This one though, Querida Amazonia, was lyrical and poetic, and Pope Francis chose to style it in the form of dreams which he has. Four of them to be precise: social, cultural, ecological and
February 13, 2020
It was definitely not your godfather’s Oscars. The grand finale of Mafia films, Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half hour epic, The Irishman, garnered 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture and best director. Yet The Irishman won no awards. The Mafia genre – once ground-breaking in the early 1970s – has now concluded. Oscar didn’t reward The
January 09, 2020
One of the biggest stories of 2019 took place exactly a year ago. The Diocese of Pittsburgh confirmed that Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington had, in fact, known about Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct, despite his claims to the contrary. The revelations on January 10, 2019 were a mortal blow to the credibility of prelates, precisely
January 02, 2020
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India In 2019 we became more familiar with the life and mission of St John Henry Newman. Perhaps in 2020 we might learn something about Mar Ivanios, called the “Newman of the East” by his people. This year the Syro-Malankara Church, the seat of which is here in Thiruvananthapuram, will be marking the
December 19, 2019
Last month, Pope Francis and I were airborne over Asia together. In the air at the same time, but on different planes going in opposite directions. The Holy Father was coming back from Japan, and I was headed to India. We would both be thinking about the east, but in rather different ways. En route
December 12, 2019
The Eternal City keeps careful track of dates. If a bishop arrives for an audience on his ordination anniversary, you can be quite sure that the Holy Father has been briefed. Papal dates – birthdays, priestly ordination, episcopal consecration, papal election – are devotedly observed, the occasion taken for elaborate good wishes to be offered
December 05, 2019
The addition of a new feast to the universal calendar – Our Lady of Loreto on December 10 – is a reminder of the growing Marian enrichment of the Roman Missal. Pope Francis famously began his pontificate with a visit to the Madonna Salus Populi Romani at St Mary Major in Rome, and he visits
November 28, 2019
Evo Morales, who fled to Mexico after resigning as president, may not be missed in Bolivia but his absence will be felt at the Vatican. One of the most curious aspects of the first Latin American pontificate is that Morales enjoyed the status he did. He was the Holy Father’s favourite leader in the Americas.