SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Niall Gooch

May 18, 2022
Does the Church hierarchy believe Church teaching about the sacraments?
May 05, 2022
The need to have laws to stop men staring at women inappropriately has come about due to the moral and spiritual problems in our society
April 12, 2022
The prevalence of war footage encourages people to celebrate the suffering of their enemies.
March 28, 2022
As a Catholic, it is appalling to watch the Church fail time and again to prevent abusers from re-offending
January 24, 2022
As monastic communities dwindle, we must strive all the more to imitate Christ
December 23, 2021
Ours is a universal church with a message of hope for all mankind
December 06, 2021
We will often disagree on what justice looks like
November 17, 2021
The end of Christendom will bring many trials and difficulties for Catholics
October 27, 2021
Will the "synod on synodality" be helpful or constructive for the Church?
October 14, 2021
The length, style and quality of homilies is a subject for debate within the Church
September 25, 2021
Once we have admitted into law the principle that patients can be intentionally killed, it is very difficult to control the wider application of that principle.
September 09, 2021
On the last day of the summer term, it was prize-giving at my children’s school. The chapel was full of youngsters, scrubbed and polished and shining in their best uniforms. The Head Boy and the Head Girl wore their gowns of office. The Headmaster and the Chairman of the Governors were also dressed for the
April 29, 2022
Churches must take care, when hanging flags, to differentiate between the political and the eternal
March 30, 2022
The Carthusian motto reminds us of the Church’s constancy in times of peril
February 28, 2022
A delightful book, published in 1948, still has the power to entrance children
January 27, 2022
Lent looms. But for members of Exodus 90, a sort of rigorous abstinence the Desert Fathers might recognise has been a way of life since 17 January
December 26, 2021
On the 30th anniversary of its publication, a book about the Reformation explains how Christianity was robbed of its magic and mystery
December 01, 2021
The secret to overcoming the anticlimax of January is to set oneself easy goals
October 21, 2021
If homilies are to be engaging, regardless of length, a greater effort must be made, while training candidates for the priesthood, in how to speak
October 02, 2021
On 4 October 2003, the Feast Day of Saint Francis, I arrived in Santiago de Compostela, having completed the Camino Frances, the pilgrimage route which crosses northern Spain from the Pyrenees. After queuing for our certificates of completion, my walking companions and I hurried to the midday pilgrims’ Mass at the magnificent Gothic cathedral. It
August 29, 2021
The internal debate about the Latin Mass has little effect on the Church’s outreach and is unlikely to reverse the decline of Catholicism in the West
May 24, 2021
That many aspects of God’s nature and plans remain mysterious, at least during our earthly lives, has been a longstanding theme of Christian writing.
February 26, 2021
Counterfactuals are great fun -- and the beginning of the Reformation in England is packed with fascinating ones Niall Gooch likes to explore. 
August 24, 2020
Science Fictions By Stuart Ritchie Bodley Head, 368pp, £18.99 When I gave talks on bioethical issues for the charity Life, for a while a staple of our discussions was the work of the Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk, who achieved international fame in 2004 for his apparent breakthroughs in embryonic stem cell technology. However, our presentations
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