SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Jon Anderson

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October 25, 2018
Merkel’s hand is weakened as her CSU ally loses power in its Catholic heartland Angela Merkel’s faltering government has been dealt another blow by the defeat of her Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Union (CSU), in state elections. With its vote dropping from 48 per cent to 37 per cent, the CSU scored its worst
October 18, 2018
Its politics used to be defined by the Cold War. Today, the landscape is one of religious divisions and resurgent populism Brazil’s economic crisis has polarised the world’s largest Catholic country between right and left. In this year’s general election, more than half of sitting members of Congress lost their seats, while far-right provocateur Jair
August 23, 2018
The World Meeting of Families has become a microcosm of the broader Catholic culture wars
August 23, 2018
Pope Francis will be greeted by large and enthusiastic crowds when he visits Dublin to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF). The papal Mass in the city’s Phoenix Park, which concludes the event, is expected to be well attended, and the Pope himself remains popular in a country that has been rapidly moving
July 05, 2018
After the Vatican's confusing response, the bishops are pressing on. Cardinal Müller has suggested the reason why
July 05, 2018
The move by German bishops to admit Protestant spouses in mixed marriages to Holy Communion has taken a dramatic new twist. A guidance document supporting the change, backed by most bishops but opposed by a minority, seemed to have been stopped by Rome. That guidance has now been published, without the issues dividing the bishops
June 28, 2018
Why the region’s ruling party is playing up its Catholic heritage Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 13-year leadership of Germany is under threat from within her own coalition. The Christian Social Union (CSU), which as such stands only in Bavaria and is allied nationally with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is rebelling over Merkel’s signature immigration policy.
June 21, 2018
The prime minister is demanding that Catholic hospitals perform abortions. Will they comply?
June 21, 2018
When Pope Francis visits Ireland this August, he will find a nation changed beyond recognition since Pope John Paul II visited in 1979. The country that 40 years ago looked like an outpost of traditional Catholic life has seen a spectacular collapse in the faith and an exodus from a scandal-hit Church. The recent landslide
May 31, 2018
The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, which underlies Ireland’s strict abortion laws, marks the end of one of the last bastions of Catholic influence in the country. Leo Varadkar’s government will now move quickly to pass legislation that will introduce an abortion regime similar, though not identical, to that of
May 31, 2018
After the landslide vote, Catholics are going to have to get used to life on the margins
May 17, 2018
As the referendum on May 25 to liberalise Ireland’s strict abortion laws approaches, Google and Facebook have intervened to restrict online advertising aimed at Irish voters. Facebook has moved against non-Irish advertisers, mostly from the US, posting on Irish social media. Google has gone further and banned all online ads relating to the referendum. Although
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