SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 09, 2019
May 09, 2019
There was an odd story from Holy Week about the new man in the Chilean capital, Santiago. Bishop Celestino Aós, the apostolic administrator who succeeds not one but two cardinals who are under examination by prosecutors for covering up sexual abuse. It’s an odd story, because it is not about that complex situation, but about
May 09, 2019
God, at the end of prose, Somehow be our poem – When forebrainy consciousness goes. – Les Murray, “You Find You Can Leave It All”, in Conscious & Verbal (1999) The great poet is dead. Les Murray died on April 29, aged 80. His life and work of poetry is best described as a body
May 09, 2019
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was – not too surprisingly, given his name – a native of Sweden. Emanuel’s father, Jesper Swedenborg, was the Lutheran bishop of Skara. Despite his position and official denomination, the senior Swedenborg was a Pietist, holding that direct experience of religion was more important than dogma – and he also held a
May 09, 2019
Cryptic across 7 Close to death, drugs Tom’s taken with a Greek spirit (6) 8 Heading east, team from Brussels is first to discover old Roman sea area (6) 9 Getting eBay to deliver some bits, Asa fortified this place (4) 10 Skip this festival? (8) 11 Hindu bigwig’s at home later; he’s composed, almost
May 09, 2019
The betrayal of the Church in China SIR – Your leader, “East of Eden” (May 3), expresses timely if overly respectful doubt about current Vatican policy in China. I have never trusted China on any point since 1949 when, as a member of the Labour League of Youth, I cut out articles from the Manchester
May 09, 2019
Returning from supper in Bayeux to his battalion in the Normandy countryside one July evening in 1944, the artist and Welsh Guards officer Rex Whistler chanced upon a ruined chapel. There, on one of its white walls, he was moved to produce, with only some red and blue pencils and a piece of charcoal at
May 09, 2019
Greek roads are a fascinating experiment in libertarianism. On an almost empty motorway, a fellow driver used the hard shoulder to overtake me. I was doing 80 mph at the time – quite legally, your honour. If you see a yellow traffic light, it doesn’t mean “slow down it’s about to go red”, it means
May 09, 2019
“Christians are confused… Each day in Rome I receive discouraged and suffering priests. The Church is going through the dark night” Cardinal Robert Sarah in his new book Die Tagespost “There’s no greater well to draw on… Everything is in there” Bruce Springsteen on how Catholicism shapes his music Associated Press If I were the president
May 09, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week IV Sunday, May 12: The Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100; Rev 7:9,14B-17; Jn 10:27-30 Monday, May 13: Weekday of Easter or Our Lady of Fatima Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42; Jn 10:1-10 Tuesday, May 14: St Matthias Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113; Jn 15:9-17 Wednesday, May 15:
May 09, 2019
Our limited imaginations will always struggle to grasp the all-embracing nature of Christ’s Resurrection. Life’s inevitable wounds and our failings leave us with a longing for comfortable boundaries. On the basis of such unconscious boundaries we determine who is acceptable and who is not, who is to be welcomed and who avoided. In Christ, the
May 09, 2019
Bach’s two great surviving Passions – St Matthew and St John – conclude at the tomb. There is no Resurrection music. Bach knows, of course, that his listeners understand that the end of the Passions is not the end of the story. The unheard music of the Resurrection is all the more powerful for being
May 09, 2019
The outcome of Spain’s recent general election has plunged national politics into uncertainty. The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) is the winner. But it is well short of a majority and it needs allies to rule in a country with little experience of coalition politics. In the heyday of Felipe González, arguably the chief architect