SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Olenka Hamilton

December 07, 2020
We are in the middle of a divorce pandemic, or so the law firms would like us to think. “It’s an extreme change of circumstances for spouses and any issues in the marriage have been compounded by lockdown,” said one family lawyer, who claimed divorce inquiries increased by 30 per cent over the summer after
November 19, 2020
The so-called “queen of venture capitalists” Eileen Burbidge has said that companies in the UK should start offering fertility treatment to staff in the same way that they provide pension schemes. Burbidge is a rich and successful business woman with five children of her own. The youngest two of these were conceived through IVF in
November 07, 2020
In this brand new world of Covid, there has been a rise in something called “platonic parenting” or “co-parenting”. This when two people who are not married or even romantically attached decide to have a child together. “If you are single man or woman (regardless of your own sexual orientation) and you want to have
October 14, 2020
Fewer and fewer young people are using the telephone to have conversations. Last month on Radio 4 Esther Ranzten, who founded the charity The Silver Line, a helpline offering friendship and advice to older people, urged us to speak on the telephone more. ”I would implore people who have friends, neighbours or family or who
September 26, 2020
Now that nurseries have reopened, Olenka Hamilton has decided to keep her young daughter at home. Here’s why. When you feel powerless, as many of us do in the face of the gross ongoing assault on our freedoms by our government, gratitude is surely the answer. And there is something which has come out of
April 11, 2021
As City firm CCLA launches its Catholic Investment Fund, CEO Peter Hugh Smith discusses the rise in ‘ faith-consistent investments’ and the scourge of modern slavery. By Olenka Hamilton
March 01, 2021
Subjecting those in need to mindless activism, when compassion is required, does more harm than good, says Olenka Hamilton
February 12, 2021
My father Robin, Lord Belhaven and Stenton, died on December 2 last year. He would have been 94 in February. “He had a good innings,” people keep saying, and while they are right, this isn’t much of a comfort in the early stages of grief, as anyone who has lost someone they love will know.
September 11, 2020
Mesco dux Polonie baptizatur, (“Mieszko, the Prince of Poland, is baptised”) was the rather laconic phrase that hailed Poland’s adoption of Christianity in 966, the most crucial moment in Polish history. For, as it would subsequently turn out, there is perhaps no other country whose survival has been so bound up with the actions of
February 25, 2020
Down's syndrome campaigners are calling for a change to the 1967 Abortion Act to prevent termination after 24 weeks for all non-fatal disabilities
January 01, 1970
As part of my research for this year’s Catholic Good Schools Guide 2020/2021, I visited a wonderful girls’ boarding school in rural Dorset, where I was shown around by two A-Level pupils who brimmed with an infectious enthusiasm for life. Just three months later, St Mary’s Shaftesbury announced it was closing down due to ongoing