SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
July 20, 2017
July 20, 2017
Fr James Martin and Daniel Mattson miss out some of the main struggles facing LGBT Catholics
July 20, 2017
Critics say that a new path to canonisation lowers the bar, but it is less revolutionary than they think
July 20, 2017
Last Saturday Archbishop Georg Gänswein stood amid the Gothic splendour of Cologne Cathedral and delivered a message from Benedict XVI. Speaking near the plain wooden coffin of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the archbishop read out these words: “We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office,
July 20, 2017
✣ Papal adviser attacks American conservatives What happened? An article in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica condemned conservative Catholics in the US for forming an “ecumenism of hate” with Evangelical Protestants. The article, by Fr Antonio Spadaro, a close confidant of Pope Francis, and Protestant pastor Marcelo Figueroa, said the roots of these groups’ “apocalyptic
July 20, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online How to make the most of a bad sermon To the delight of his readers, Fr Tim Finigan has returned to more regular blogging after a hiatus. At The Hermeneutic of Continuity, he posted some advice on “How to listen to the sermon tomorrow”. You may think, Fr Finigan
July 20, 2017
Fragments of a wooden hut found on the Scottish island of Iona have been confirmed as the 1,400-year-old remnants of the cell of St Columba. The Irish saint founded a monastery at Iona that became one of Europe’s leading centres of learning and served as the springboard for the evangelisation of Scotland. St Columba was
July 20, 2017
Christians are increasingly concerned about Government plans to crack down on “non-violent extremism” after an opinion poll found that more than a quarter of people said Jesus Christ was an “extremist”. The poll carried out by ComRes for the Evangelical Alliance found that nearly half of those interviewed believed that it was extremism to define
July 20, 2017
Melinda Gates has said that she is “optimistic” the Church will change its teaching on contraception. Mrs Gates, who was raised Catholic, said she had “agreed to disagree” with the Church on the issue, claiming that contraception was “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known.” In a BBC interview, Gates said
July 20, 2017
Benedict XVI has described Cardinal Joachim Meisner as a “passionate shepherd and pastor” in a message read out at the cardinal’s funeral. The Pope Emeritus said he had spoken to Cardinal Meisner the previous day and at first “could not believe” he had died. What struck him most in those last conversations, he said in
July 20, 2017
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has criticised fellow cardinals who submitted a dubia requesting that Pope Francis clarify Amoris Laetitia. Four cardinals asked the Pope a series of questions to clear up confusion about the document issued after the family synods. Speaking during a visit to Ireland, Cardinal Schönborn said reception of Amoris was a
July 20, 2017
Vatican prosecutors have indicted the former president and the ex-treasurer of a Vatican-owned children’s hospital for allegedly diverting money from a hospital foundation to pay for renovations on a cardinal’s flat. The indictment ordered Giuseppe Profiti and Massimo Spina to stand trial at a Vatican tribunal. It accused the pair of using €422,000 (£371,000) from
July 20, 2017
The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has denied reports that he was dismissed by Pope Francis after a brief discussion of Church teaching. In a story in the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, journalist Guido Horst said that Cardinal Gerhard Müller “could not believe his eyes” upon reading the claims made by the
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