SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
November 29, 2018
November 29, 2018
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November 29, 2018
Morlino could have accepted accommodation with corruption and moral disorder, but he chose to stand up for the faith
November 29, 2018
One of Africa’s largest nations is experiencing a dramatic political shake-up – and the Church appears to be delighted. Catholic leaders in Angola have signalled that they stand fully behind the country’s president, João Lourenço, and the reforms he has launched since taking up office in September 2017. Speaking to Ecclesia, the news agency of
November 29, 2018
This February, the leaders of national bishops’ conferences from across the global Church will meet in Rome to discuss solutions to the sex abuse crisis. Last week Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, German Jesuit Fr Hans Zollner and Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai to serve on the
November 29, 2018
Jair Bolsonaro entered office at the end of October, much helped by support from Christian voters. He courted both Catholics and Brazil’s growing number of Evangelicals, styling himself as an upholder of Christian family values, and an opponent of abortion, same-sex marriage and gay adoption. He also criticised gay and gender-fluid ideologies being taught in
November 29, 2018
The new sex abuse crisis has brought the American Church to the centre of the world’s attention. People can’t take their eyes off the carnage left by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, his fellow predators and their enablers. It’s too easy even for faithful Catholics to forget that the Church is more than the sum of its
November 29, 2018
America’s Catholic clergy are longstanding opponents of immigration restrictions. In 2003, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a joint statement with the Mexican bishops’ conference called “Strangers No Longer” condemning efforts to curtail immigration – legal or otherwise – across America’s southern border. “We stand in solidarity with you,” they told migrants. “We commit
November 29, 2018
How suspicious should Catholics be? If we’re always suspicious, seeing heresy around every corner, we’ll exhaust ourselves and probably fail in charity too. But we have to be suspicious sometimes – because there’s a duty to defend the faith, and some attacks on the faith are devious and subtle. That dilemma was at the heart of
November 29, 2018
When work has me out of town, I like to drop in on a daily Mass. There are, of course, the spiritual benefits of assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, but I enjoy it as a kind of anthropological exercise as well, enabling me to see how the practice of the Universal Church takes on the
November 29, 2018
The Italian bishops’ conference voted recently to approve a change to the translation of the Our Father used in the official Italian edition of the Roman Missal (Novus Ordo Missae). If the Italian bishops’ decision is approved by the Vatican, then soon the prayer will no longer be recited liturgically with the words, non indurci
November 29, 2018
Increasing numbers of Catholics are embracing the belief that money can buy divine rewards
November 29, 2018
St Louis, Missouri Victim of shooting recalled as a ‘lovely soul’ Catholics have paid tribute to a parishioner who was fatally shot last week. Jamie Schmidt, a mother of three, was a customer in a Catholic goods shop when a gunman entered the shop, sexually assaulted two women there and then shot Schmidt. Mourners gathered