SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Joanna Bogle

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August 02, 2018
The hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers” has a line reminding us: “Brothers, we are treading/Where the saints have trod”. English Catholics ought to know that for us the statement is literally true: from the days when we were part of the Roman Empire, saints have walked our land. The name “Alban” has been given to our
July 26, 2018
We are standing on London Bridge and I am waving my arms about describing a Saxon-Viking battle that took place there about 60 years before the Norman Conquest. As we talk, there is a slowly emerging sense of convergence – of times and places, of “then” and “now”, the continuity of things. London’s place names,
June 14, 2018
To Southend for a delightful evening organised by the ordinariate group at St Peter’s, Eastwood. Fr Jeff Woolnough has done a fine job in transforming the sanctuary of this modern church: it’s now white and gold, glittering with candles for Mass. A good attendance and a good atmosphere. They had asked me to speak about
May 09, 2018
The clergyman’s wife is an art restorer. The children are a cheery bunch, and the youngest looks set to follow his father into the village rugby team in due course. The church stands on a charming green sloping up from the road, with an adjoining hall where the Sunday school and social gatherings take place.
April 19, 2018
An upbeat exploration of St John Paul II's Theology of the Body shows the way forward for catechesis
March 08, 2018
On March 25th, one woman changed the course of all human history by saying yes to God
November 23, 2017
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the day a prominent cardinal archbishop resigned, at the peak of his career, and left his diocese to spend the rest of his life working in a leprosy clinic in Africa. Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger, who made the dramatic announcement in November 1967, was Archbishop of Montreal. He had
September 05, 2017
Feast days make the Faith come alive and present a great opportunity to evangelise
August 03, 2017
I am always astonished that so many people come. And then, pondering the importance of the thing, I’m puzzled at my astonishment. We always get a good crowd for the Martyrs’ Walk, held now for several years on the Sunday nearest to the feast of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More. It follows the route
June 05, 2017
Joanna Bogle on the London parish that witnessed Saturday's terror attack
May 25, 2017
Bishop John MacWilliam, a former British Army officer, is about to take charge of a diocese that is 10 times the size of Great Britain. It has a population of some four million people, of whom only a few hundred – at most – are Catholic. And it is a place of which, I suspect,
May 25, 2017
Bishop John MacWilliam's new diocese covers 800,000 square miles of arid land in southern Algeria. 'You go where you are needed,' the former Army officer says
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