SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018
Confession is like God's loving embrace, the Pope said
March 22, 2018
'Jesus Christ does not appear to his disciples without his wounds,' the Pope said
March 22, 2018
Sire, a longstanding member of the Order of Malta, was revealed as the author earlier this week
March 22, 2018
What inspired Picasso to create multiple images of this most Christian of events?
March 22, 2018
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer brings her faith into the public square. Will it stop her speedy rise to the top of German politics?
March 22, 2018
New figures show the scale of the challenge facing the bishops at this year's youth synod
March 22, 2018
In his five years as Pope, Francis has never returned to Argentina, despite visiting all its neighbours bar one. When he travelled to Chile in January, an Associated Press reporter asked an Argentine pilgrim why the Pope hadn’t visited his homeland. “Argentines are behaving badly,” he replied. “He is punishing us for sure.” Pope Francis
March 22, 2018
✣ Vatican sparks row over Benedict XVI letter What happened? A letter from Benedict XVI turned out to have been manipulated by Vatican officials. Mgr Dario Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, launched an 11-booklet series on Pope Francis by quoting Benedict as saying the collection showed “continuity” between him and Francis. The Vatican then
March 22, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online The Church looks at ‘gender theory’ At Crux, John Allen asked what Pope Francis means when he discusses “gender theory”, and how the Vatican might tackle the question. Put simply, Allen wrote, “gender theory” refers to “theories which posit that male/female identities are not given in nature but rather
March 22, 2018
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews and Edinburgh, has died at the age of 80. The County Antrim native was ordained archbishop in 1985 and made a cardinal in 2003, until his resignation after allegations of inappropriate behaviour shortly before the 2013 conclave which elected Pope Francis. In a statement at the
March 22, 2018
A Scottish Labour MSP has called on Holyrood to recognise the growing problem of anti-Catholicism in Scotland. Elaine Smith’s remarks followed a government report which said that Catholics are the victims of 57 per cent of all religiously aggravated offences reported in Scotland. The MSP raised the subject in the Scottish Parliament last week, after
March 22, 2018
Pope Francis has discussed prostitution, sport and the search for God in a wide-ranging encounter with young Catholics. Three hundred 16-to-29-year-olds attended the opening of a week-long meeting, which will help the Church to prepare for October’s synod of bishops on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. Most of the young people gathered with