SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Jon Anderson

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May 17, 2018
By restricting online advertising, tech giants could tip the balance in this month's abortion referendum
May 02, 2018
A leading academic has suggested that the 2021 census in Northern Ireland could show Catholics outnumbering Protestants for the first time. Dr Paul Nolan, an expert in social trends and the peace process, told the BBC that the figures of 48 per cent Protestant to 45 per cent Catholic reported in the 2011 census were
April 12, 2018
Communion for Protestants has split the German Church – and now it's the Vatican's problem
April 12, 2018
The German Church has been thrown deeper into controversy after seven bishops appealed to the Vatican against new guidelines that would allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion. If adopted, these rules would significantly relax the existing ones. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg and the bishops of
April 05, 2018
Irish voters will be going to the polls on May 25 to decide whether to liberalise the country’s strict abortion laws. Leo Varadkar’s government is pushing strongly for a Yes vote in what will be a test of Ireland’s declining Catholic identity. The referendum concerns the proposed repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution,
April 05, 2018
Despite the entire political class pushing for abortion, the polls are surprisingly close
March 22, 2018
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer brings her faith into the public square. Will it stop her speedy rise to the top of German politics?
March 22, 2018
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, having just formed her fourth government, has established herself as one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders. But she enters her new term of office in a weakened position, and speculation has been turning to her possible successors. In last year’s general election Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) polled the lowest share
February 15, 2018
Since same-sex marriage became law in Germany last October, the country’s Catholic bishops have struggled to find a way to deal with a situation where the legal definition of marriage – and that supported by public opinion – cannot be reconciled with the Catholic understanding of marriage. Germany is of course far from being the
October 12, 2017
The twice yearly general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is not usually an eventful occasion. It normally provides an opportunity for Mormons from around the world to reunite with family and friends, and listen to uplifting talks from their leaders. Major doctrinal announcements are rare and controversy on the
September 21, 2017
In a televised election debate on Sunday, September 3, the moderator asked the two candidates for chancellor, Angela Merkel and Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz, whether either of them had been to church that day. The surprised candidates both answered no, which may be natural from Schulz, a non-believer leading an explicitly secular party. Merkel,
July 06, 2017
Cardinal Meisner's life reminds us there was once a very different kind of German Catholicism
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