SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Madeleine Teahan

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January 04, 2018
How can the Church be more woman-friendly? If you’re still awake, well done. This topic has become as monotonous as Christmas turkey leftovers. But hear me out – especially if you’re a parish priest. For the 31 years I have been Catholic, conversations about how to expand the role of women in the Church have
April 22, 2017
Find out what's really happening in the Catholic Church
April 20, 2017
Last week Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, a Salesian, spoke out against US President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria. Only two weeks after being officially recognised by the US as a Woman of Courage, she declared Trump’s move “a step backwards for peace”. An anti-war nun is hardly novel but what she said next is
April 19, 2017
During an annual men's Mass at St Chad's Cathedral, Archbishop Longley said that it was women who remained with Christ in his hour of need
April 13, 2017
The number of children who receive free school meals (FSM) is a misleading indicator of a school’s socio-economic composition, Catholic academics have said. The figure is often used by campaigners to accuse Catholic schools of not taking a fair share of poor pupils. But researchers at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have shown that data from
April 12, 2017
The cardinal addressed priests and lay people during the annual Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday
April 11, 2017
The bishop said that every execution is a violation of the innate dignity of the human person
April 10, 2017
Archbishop Eamon Martin made his appeal during a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral yesterday
April 10, 2017
Britain's Coptic Orthodox bishop said the bombings were a reminder 'that our life here on earth is a journey often filled with pain'
April 06, 2017
The college has said that it adhered to safeguarding recommendations following accusations of abuse
April 06, 2017
As all politicians know, resignations have power. They can dislodge leaders and shake governments. Geoffrey Howe’s devastating resignation speech in 1990, which precipitated the downfall of Margaret Thatcher, is one memorable example. The resignation of abuse survivor Marie Collins from a Vatican commission set up by Pope Francis was not designed to topple the Holy
April 03, 2017
New research finds that some Catholic pupils are not receiving free meals despite their eligibility