SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Michael Warren Davis

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December 08, 2018
It’s always been fashionable to dislike St Thomas Aquinas, but never possible to get away from him. In their Oedipal rage, young philosophers furiously tear off his mantle – some jettisoning the Faith, others God, and still others reason itself. Yet, long after there are positivists and Marxists and absurdists, there will still be Thomists.
November 10, 2018
The reaction to the Pittsburgh shooting shows the strong ties between the two communities
November 08, 2018
Persecution has brought America’s Catholics and Jews together On October 27, a white nationalist named Robert Bowers stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, touting an AR-15 and hurling anti-Semitic slurs. He left with bullet wounds from a shootout with police, having claimed 11 lives in what is thought to be the deadliest incident
November 03, 2018
The Vatican ousted Martin Holley as Bishop of Memphis, but no one seems sure why
November 01, 2018
Why did the Vatican oust Bishop Martin Holley? On October 24, Pope Francis removed Bishop Martin Holley from the Diocese of Memphis without assigning him to a new see. At 63, he’s over a decade shy of retirement age. To remove such a (relatively) young bishop without giving him another assignment is an extreme measure.
October 27, 2018
The digital evangelist is launching an online program to reach the most disconnected parishioners
October 25, 2018
How far will the new Department of Justice investigation go? State involvement in the ongoing clerical abuse crisis in the American Church will continue to escalate now that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has served subpoenas to a number of dioceses in Pennsylvania. The dioceses were the focus of the recent grand jury report alleging
October 25, 2018
How Bishop Barron plans to re-engage lapsed Catholics Bishop Robert Barron has pioneered a “digital strategy” for the American Church. His Word on Fire Catholic Ministries reaches millions of viewers with inspiring, informative content. Barron and his team are savvy: their videos are sharp and well-produced, rivalling any secular multimedia outlet. Now they are tackling
October 20, 2018
There is every sign to believe he will remain a major power-broker
October 18, 2018
Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation has been accepted, but he remains in place Not long ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl was seen as the consummate “insider”. As Archbishop of Washington, he was probably the most politically well-connected clergyman in the United States; he gained particular notoriety for taking a “middle” position on giving Communion to pro-choice politicians, giving
October 13, 2018
Catholics are divided by the prospect of an inquiry into the College of Cardinals
October 11, 2018
Catholics are divided by the prospect of an inquiry into the College of Cardinals Few would deny that this is the worst crisis the American Church has faced in living memory. As if the scandal surrounding ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick weren’t enough, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report released in August identified more than 300 abusive priests