SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Melanie McDonagh

December 07, 2021
Earlier this year, Pope Francis took part in a meeting in Rome to address the demographic crisis in Italy where the average number of children is 1.3 for the average woman – way below replacement rate for the population. He tackled squarely a problem that has affected Europe in general and Italy particularly acutely. “A
September 21, 2021
The Pope has enabled priests to absolve in confession those who participate in abortions.
September 03, 2021
Women will have babies, babies whose conception was unwelcome, but who will now have a chance of life. And that’s bad news? 
September 05, 2020
Tony Abbott’s new role as senior trade advisor to the UK government has sparked controversy. Russell T Davies, the Dr Who screenwriter, and Sir Ian McKellan won’t be pleased at the confirmation that Tony Abbott, the former Australian PM, is to be a trade envoy for the British Government. They, and two dozen other people
April 29, 2022
Hardline Jewish settler groups are making life difficult for Christians, says Melanie McDonagh
April 26, 2022
John Wilkins was editor of The Tablet for 21 years until 2003. He had previously been assistant editor of the paper in 1967 but left to join the BBC, rejoining it as editor in 1982. During his time as editor, circulation of The Tablet almost tripled. He was born in 1936, he went to Clare
March 30, 2022
Half a millennium after its foundation, what is the Society of Jesus’s purpose today? Melanie McDonagh speaks to Jesuit Provincial Fr Damian Howard
October 14, 2021
The acclaimed English composer Will Todd is a self-described ‘ambassador for liturgy’ whose passion for sacred music informs his life and work, he tells Melanie McDonagh
September 01, 2021
Melanie McDonagh reviews The Making of Oliver Cromwell, 
by Ronald Hutton
August 04, 2021
Melanie McDonagh on how the Vatican Trial of the century highlights the injustice to Cardinal Pell
July 29, 2021
Melanie McDonagh remembers left-leaning theologian Herbert McCabe
July 01, 2021
The new head of the CSSA, prosecutor Nazir Afzal, talks to Melanie McDonagh about low expectations, his faith and his passion for protecting the vulnerable
May 01, 2021
Dorothy L Sayers found fulfilment in the life of the mind, if not in others, writes Melanie McDonagh
May 01, 2021
Melanie McDonagh is impressed by the fundraising – and regalia – of the Order’s English lieutenancy
May 01, 2021
Melanie McDonagh reviews The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos, by Sohrab Ahmari
April 01, 2021
Generous benefits for married couples and subsidised child care are helping to reverse population decline
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