SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Serenhedd James

May 10, 2022
Teen author Simon James Green can publish what he wants, but Catholic schools should not and will not endorse his semi-pornographic writing
May 27, 2022
Organising a school’s St Thomas More Day has its challenges
May 17, 2022
St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, looks set to close, writes Serenhedd James The optimism with which I wrote about the future of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, in the February edition of the Catholic Herald was clearly misplaced. The Master, Professor Richard Cooper, has now written to students to say that the University Council decided on 9th May that
May 02, 2022
Architectural Drawings: Hidden Masterpieces from Sir John Soane’s Museum by Dr Frances Sands Batsford Press, £35, 159 pages “We’ll make heaven a place on earth,” crooned the songstress Belinda Carlisle. I wonder whether she’s ever visited the Sir John Soane Museum, in the heart of London, where, for people like me, that process has already
April 02, 2022
As I passed through the huge central doors of Westminster Cathedral one sunny spring afternoon, I was struck by the lingering smell of incense; the building seems constantly prepared for worship. There are always people at prayer, but it is as if a bell might ring at any moment, and a priest emerge vested for
March 30, 2022
Reorganising bookshelves leads to mixed blessings
March 24, 2022
There is a certain apophatic quality to The World of Stonehenge at the British Museum, which is defined by the absence at its centre—not unlike a Polo, the mint with the hole. This applies figuratively, in the sense that what anyone actually knows about Stonehenge is still very limited, and literally in the case of the stones
March 07, 2022
Seminarian Julian Hayda explains how he and his brothers – who are taking to the frontline in Ukraine – are fulfilling their vocations to Holy Orders as stretcher bearers, firemen and relief workers
March 01, 2022
Checking oneself, spiritually, at the checkout
February 26, 2022
The Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London speaks to Serenhedd James about the war in Ukraine
January 27, 2022
St Benet’s Hall is saved for now – the idea of Oxford without it is horrible to contemplate
December 26, 2021
Weighing up the merits of a spot of guerrilla catechism
November 30, 2021
Can we look forward to a better feast this year?
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