SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 02, 2018
May 02, 2018
That thousands braved foul weather for the Rosary on the Coast speaks to an eternal, universal need to converse with God
May 02, 2018
Christian imagery has inspired a major fashion exhibition in New York
May 02, 2018
In the campaign to protect the Eighth Amendment, the most visible pro-lifers are educated women
May 02, 2018
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May 02, 2018
Every week for the past 23 years Catholics have gathered at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul for a Mass of Reconciliation for North and South Korea. Last week’s Mass had a unique atmosphere, for it took place days before the historic summit between the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in. The
May 02, 2018
✣ Alfie Evans dies after legal battle What happened? Alfie Evans, the seriously ill toddler whose plight moved thousands across the world, died on Saturday. Tom Evans, Alfie’s father, said: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.” Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital switched off his life support after doctors said it was in his
May 02, 2018
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May 02, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online Francis: out of sync with the political times Pope Francis is becoming a “lone voice in the wilderness”, according to New York Times writer Jason Horowitz. In contrast to St John Paul II, who “provided the spiritual dimension” for the battle against communism, Francis has “fallen decidedly out of
May 02, 2018
Toronto Basilian Fathers ordered to pay £1.5m in damages for abuse A Toronto jury has ordered the Congregation of St Basil to pay $2.6 million (£1.5 million) in damages to a man abused by a priest 50 years ago. The sum is a record for clerical abuse in Canada. The court heard that Hod Marshall
May 02, 2018
The travails of the C9 Pope Francis’s “kitchen cabinet” of nine ranking prelates met again last week. It is tough to say what, precisely, was the news in the briefing that followed the 24th round of the “C9” cardinal advisers’ reunion ­– if, indeed, there was any at all. Greg Burke, the chief spokesman for
May 02, 2018
The case has divided Catholics. Is there any common ground left? For Alfie Evans’s parents, his death is a tragedy which they will have to endure for the rest of their lives. For many of Britain’s institutions, it has been a challenge to which they are struggling to respond. The NHS has been criticised –
May 02, 2018
A clash between two Catholics in Congress Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a practising Catholic, was execrated by Catholics across the political spectrum this week for dismissing the House chaplain, Fr Patrick Conroy SJ. According to Fr Conroy, a staffer from the Speaker’s office approached him in November and said
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