SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
February 09, 2017
February 09, 2017
Cardinal John Tong says the deal will end a 'crisis of division' between official and underground churches
February 09, 2017
The Pope met editors at La Civilta Cattolica to mark its 4,000th edition
February 09, 2017
In the modern world adultery is regarded as OK, while such things as racism remain beyond the pale
February 09, 2017
The great songwriter’s lyrics are indebted to Catholicism
February 09, 2017
Holy See diplomacy has achieved impressive results in supporting peace efforts worldwide. As Britain’s ambassador, I hope to help build on that work
February 09, 2017
John Paul II couldn’t strike a deal that satisfied the SSPX. Nor could Benedict. Enter the unlikeliest of bridge-builders
February 09, 2017
The party has an 'anti-religion agenda', Cardinal Pell's spokesman says after it demanded he return to Australia
February 09, 2017
One of David Hockney’s favourite quotations is from Tchaikovsky – “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” The quote certainly applies to Hockney, whose vast, new show opens at Tate Britain this week. The exhibition covers all the phases of his career: his portraits, swimming pools and Yorkshire landscapes. Work just
February 09, 2017
Romans woke up last Saturday to a disturbing sight. Posters featuring a stern-looking Pope Francis had been plastered all over the historic city centre. “Ah Francis,” they said in Roman dialect, “you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, ignored cardinals … but where’s your mercy?”
February 09, 2017
✣ Anti-Francis posters cause a stir in Rome What happened? Dozens of posters sprang up around Rome on Saturday in an anonymous protest against Pope Francis. The posters featured an apparently glowering Francis and made reference to his interventions in the Knights of Malta saga and his silence in response to the dubia. They read: “Ah
February 09, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online The end of Catholics’ ‘grand narrative’? The Economist’s Erasmus blog raised a topical question: “In the Europe of 2017, can there be such a thing as a Catholic political leader?” After all, the blog pointed out, “Europe’s transnational institutions”, including what became the EU, “were deeply Catholic in inspiration. Devout
February 09, 2017
Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth has established a permanent base for the traditional Latin Mass in Devon. A Sunday morning Mass in the Extraordinary Form is now being celebrated at St Edward the Confessor in Peverell, Plymouth. It is the first time in decades that the older form of the Mass has had a regular