SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Easter teaches us that our relationship with God is not always simple
We must not despair when God feels distant, writes Karl Gustel Wärnberg
The spiritual danger of watching war footage
The prevalence of war footage encourages people to celebrate the suffering of their enemies.
Holy Week and the Politics of (Dis)ordered Love
Holy Week reminds us to order our lives toward God and away from ourselves.
Rowan Williams’ stance on “trans” issues undermines Christianity
Dr Gavin Ashenden looks at what Catholicism can teach us about "conversion therapy" and the trans debate
Humility among clerics is what is needed to stamp out sex abuse in the Church
As a Catholic, it is appalling to watch the Church fail time and again to prevent abusers from re-offending
Why we mustn’t tamper with Hot Cross Buns
Don't mention the devil if you want to be taken seriously by the media
Fifty years of The Godfather and the virtue of friendship
In the emphasis on family and community life, in contrast to the world of American commercial justice, the film contains a lesson about the virtue of real friendship.
Finding Our Lady in times of war
Marian apparitions often coincide with times of “human friction”. Gavin Ashenden examines the significance of the historic visions of Our Lady in Ukraine
Agency, Contingency, and Self-Destructive Acts
The task of living authentic moral lives is to develop the moral virtues that allow us to maintain agency.
On the Impossibility of Confession
Though critics often level the accusation at Catholics, confession is no easy thing
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