SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Lucas Hollweg
January 23, 2020
Montreal Religious curriculum to be removed The government of Quebec is about to eliminate its Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum, the Catholic News Service reports. In announcing a public consultation about what should replace the programme, education minister Jean-François Roberge (pictured) said there was still “too much” religion in schools. This revision process “is
January 23, 2020
Tonight sees the launch of Catholic Theological Ethics and Street Homelessness by Rosanne Haggerty, described as the first book to look at “street homelessness as an area of development for Catholic Social Teaching”. It starts at 6pm at the University of Notre Dame, London: see eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-street-homelessness-catholic-theological-ethics-tickets-84588260765 *** The feast of St John Bosco (right) falls
January 23, 2020
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has this season cemented his status as one of Premier League’s best strikers. But last week he declared that his “biggest title” was the love of Jesus. The occasion was Firmino’s baptism, which took place in a swimming pool. The brief ceremony can be viewed on Firmino’s Instagram account. The baptism
January 23, 2020
A married priest on clerical celibacy What’s the point of celibacy? At his blog, Fr Dwight Longenecker – a married priest – argued that it has little to do with the greater availability of the unmarried. “Yes, the celibate man is more available and ready to serve,” he wrote, “but we all know plenty of
January 23, 2020
What happened? Cardinal Robert Sarah has rejected claims that he misrepresented Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, saying that there is “no misunderstanding” between them. Last week, Ignatius Press published a book in which both Cardinal Sarah and Benedict defended the institution of clerical celibacy. The cardinal and the Pope Emeritus were originally listed as co-authors, but after
January 16, 2020
You wait ages for an actor to receive an Oscar nomination for playing the pope, and then two come along at once. Jonathan Pryce has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes, while Anthony Hopkins is in the running for Best Supporting Actor for his role opposite
January 16, 2020
Covington, Kentucky CNN reaches settlement with Covington student   CNN has reached an undisclosed settlement with Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky Catholic high school student who sued the cable news outlet for defamation over its coverage of a confrontation that occurred after last year’s March for Life, the Catholic News Service reports. Sandmann, a junior last
January 16, 2020
The Catholics who occupied a cathedral At Charlotte Was Both, Amy Welborn praised an academic article by Jennifer Scheper Hughes, which looked at reforms in the Mexican Diocese of Cuernavaca in the 1950s. The bishop renovated the cathedral, removing saints’ images – which he said were a distraction from the Eucharist – and replacing the