SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
March 17, 2016
March 17, 2016
The snakes could be a metaphor for something else
March 17, 2016
US Secretary of State says ISIS is genocidal in both its ideology and actions towards Yazidis, Christians and Shia
March 17, 2016
There was certainly an inner melancholy to Anita Brookner’s fiction
March 17, 2016
Going to church regularly can be a useful hearing test. I first realised I was becoming “hard of hearing” (in that nice euphemism) when I found that the priest seemed to boom almost unbearably through the amplification system while, paradoxically, I couldn’t hear a word that Gospel readers were saying. St Paul, we remember, was
March 17, 2016
Constanza’s voice was trembling when she stood to address the guerrillas’ delegate. “You killed my mother,” she said. “You killed my two brothers, and you killed 48 members of my family circle.” She was face to face with a representative of the group responsible for the murders: the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, better known
March 17, 2016
I go to Confession twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, because I feel I should. But I find it difficult to know what to say as I no longer seem to be assailed by the temptations of earlier years. One priest told me rather irritably not to come to Confession if I had nothing
March 17, 2016
Foot-washing has attracted more attention among Catholics recently than at any time in the past 1,500 years. Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has emphasised the practice both in his actions and, lately, in his writing. He attracted global media attention when, on his first Holy Thursday as pope, he washed the feet of
March 17, 2016
The latest airborne adventure in pontifical press conferences garnered most attention for the comments about Donald Trump – “He’s not a Christian” – followed by some unexpected moral analysis offered in relation to sexual transmission of the Zika virus. Much grist for the mill of papal hermeneutics there, to be sure, but it was the
March 17, 2016
During his recent week-long visit to England Bishop Athanasius Schneider gave an interview to the Catholic website OnePeterFive. Bishop Schneider gives many such interviews, and his opinions make for very good copy because, like him or loathe him, he is refreshingly forthright in his delivery. In the midst of this most recent interview, conversation suddenly
March 17, 2016
The Church of the Holy Spirit in the village of Bovey Tracey, where I worship when at home, has taken the decision to cut down on paper and no longer supplies a printed copy of the readings, psalm and Gospel. Yours truly is in rebellion. The priest believes that we concentrate better if we have
March 17, 2016
Mother Teresa’s care home in Yemen’s southern city of Aden was opened in 1992, when its saintly founder was herself ailing. Sixty people, all elderly and many wheelchair-bound, were given shelter there by nuns from India and Africa. Some of those patients were witnesses to the ghastly massacre visited on their carers earlier this month
March 17, 2016
“Give up chocolate for March!” said a cheerful female voice-over during a radio commercial. As I drove along I became increasingly furious. I don’t want to give up chocolate for March. What’s March got to do with anything? And what were the ad men thinking when they came up with that line? Not offending “other
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