SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Gertrude Clarke

November 10, 2021
Christmas is the ultimate commercial imperative.
October 06, 2021
The findings in France are a devastating indictment of a rotten culture.
June 28, 2022
Gertrude Clark speaks to Sir James MacMillan about the power of music
May 27, 2022
The pro-life position is a matter of science and morals; it can be held by anyone whether they have religious beliefs or not
May 27, 2022
The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy promotes traditional Catholic teaching, and also provides support for priests who might otherwise feel isolated
May 02, 2022
Raphael was, as Kenneth Clark put it, “one of the civilising forces of the western imagination”. For many of us, he is best known as the painter of exquisite Madonnas, which feature on artistic Christmas cards, their very familiarity preventing us from seeing them properly. Indeed, the two bored cherubs at the base of the
March 30, 2022
It is a story of philosophy expressed in the story of four friends: Mary Midgley herself, Philippa Foot, Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Anscombe
February 28, 2022
Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder
January 27, 2022
In Stories of a Generation, Pope Francis and others share moving tales of struggle and courage.
January 27, 2022
Gertrude Clarke meets Paul Stubbings, head of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London
December 26, 2021
Gertrude Clarke looks at how religion coloured the life and work of JRR Tolkien
December 16, 2020
The habit of starting celebrations too soon and finishing them too soon is the worst aspect of a secular Christmas. The great thing is to start your own celebrations on Christmas Eve and keep them going right through the Twelve Days.
November 08, 2020
Government guidelines forbid visit to care homes. Is there a better way?
September 29, 2020
It’s the stuff of feminist polemic: what might female painters have achieved in history if they only had had the opportunities that men did? Artemisia Gentileschi shows what one woman achieved: she was not the only notable female painter in Italy in the seventeenth century but she was valued highly in her own lifetime in
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