SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Lucas Hollweg
January 23, 2020
By giving Jeremy Corbyn “10 out of 10” for his leadership of the Labour Party, Rebecca Long-Bailey declared herself as the “continuity candidate” in the race to become his successor. Certainly the left of the Labour Party sees it that way. The MP for Salford and Eccles not only has the support of Mr Corbyn,
January 23, 2020
Shapeshifters: A History By John B Kachuba Reaktion Books, 200pp, £16/$22.50 The myth of the vampire is among the most popular in international folklore, inspiring nearly 400 films and television productions over the past century. The most recent of these was Dracula, the joint BBC-Netflix mini-series broadcast from New Year’s Day and which, in the
January 16, 2020
The directors of the Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa last week called a press conference about progress in the condition of one of their patients. Tafida Raqeeb, the British child at the centre of a right-to-life struggle which in October her parents sensationally won, had been removed from intensive care just three months after the
January 09, 2020
Next week could see a cricket-mad aristocrat related to Princes William and Harry take a step closer to canonisation, when Vatican officials meet to decide if Fr Ignatius Spencer lived a life of “heroic virtue”. Theologians and historians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will assemble on Thursday (January 16) to give their
January 02, 2020
It is never easy to predict what is to come even over a few days, never mind a year. Who would have thought, for instance, this time last year, that Boris Johnson would have won a general election by a near landslide? For the first time in nearly four years, the one thing that now
December 19, 2019
Unless Pope Francis decides to canonise one or more of the 158 English and Welsh martyrs beatified by his predecessors, but never raised to the altars, there is a strong chance that the next English saint will be a woman. The likelihood of this will increase when the Holy Father, any time soon, declares Mother
December 19, 2019
Boris Johnson greeted his election triumph with an appeal to “let the healing begin”. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster issued a statement soon afterwards reflecting similar sentiments, saying the “clarity” of the result (a reference to the large Tory majority of 80 seats) presented a chance for a “fresh start” following years of “toxic” wrangling
November 28, 2019
A robber who was guillotined in 1957 for shooting a police officer might be considered an unlikely hero for most archbishops. But the Most Rev John Wilson, the new incumbent in Southwark, is not the first of his rank to see merit in the story of Jacques Fesch; the Frenchman’s Cause was opened by Cardinal