SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Questiones has its limitations, but it rightly insists on the moral basis of the market
May 17, 2018
‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’ is a serious and constructive contribution that ranks alongside 'Rerum Novarum'
May 17, 2018
When a TV series claimed that Fr John Gerard blessed the Gunpowder Plot, I complained. The response was gratifying
May 17, 2018
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May 17, 2018
In its 2017 manifesto, the Conservative Party made an eye-catching promise. If it won the election, it would scrap the so-called 50 per cent cap. The cap made it impossible for the Catholic Church in England and Wales to open new free schools – independent, but state-funded institutions – because no more than half of
May 17, 2018
✣ ✣ Catholic-inspired Met Gala provokes controversy What happened? Celebrities sparked debate by dressing in provocative Catholic-themed outfits for New York’s Met Gala, a fashion event. Rihanna wore a mitre, Sarah Jessica Parker a Nativity headdress. Cardinal Timothy Dolan was criticised for appearing at what he called “a powerful evening”. The gala launched an exhibition at
May 17, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online Hold to the faith – but listen like the Fathers Our time has many similarities with the Roman Empire, said Fr Dwight Longenecker at his blog. “Trade and business flowed from India and China to Spain and Britain, from France to Egypt and beyond, and where there was trade
May 17, 2018
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May 17, 2018
Chicago Cause advances for former slave who became a priest A runaway slave who became the first African-American priest has moved a step closer to being proclaimed a Blessed. A positio, a document summarising Fr Augustus Tolton’s life and virtue, has been approved by Vatican officials. Fr Tolton will be declared Venerable if a committee
May 17, 2018
Recent events have revealed a broken culture At the start of this week, the eyes of the world were on the Vatican, where Pope Francis was preparing to receive the bishops of Chile in an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis of clerical sexual abuse, the details of which he learned through a special investigation
May 17, 2018
Damian Hinds ends hopes for Catholic free schools Since January, when Damian Hinds was appointed education secretary in Theresa May’s reshuffle, everyone had agreed that he was likely to lift the cap on new Catholic free schools. The Tories had promised to do so, and Hinds – a weekly Mass-goer – publicly supported the idea.
May 17, 2018
Amid accusations about his private life, he’s reaching out to Church leaders On May 3, President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. According to the order, the Initiative will “consult with and seek information from experts and various faith and community leaders” and “design new policies that