SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Never Look Away tells kind of the story that invites superlatives and deserves them. Based upon the life of painter Gerhard Richter, it tells the story of an artist who lives through the Nazi horror and the communist stranglehold, then escapes to West Berlin where, after much trial and error, he earns success and recognition.
February 28, 2019
The wearing of beards by clergy is a topic historically fraught with contradiction. But before we explore those contradictions, I owe you the truth: personally, I do not care for beards – on priests or anyone else. This has nothing to do with my mustachioed brother, father and grandfather, all of whom I loved dearly.
February 28, 2019
The Consensus has it out for priestly celibacy and chastity in Catholicism. Which means we the faithful, lay and clerical, are called to rally around these teachings and practices of the Church, to double down on them, to defend them articulately and winsomely. Because at stake is nothing less than the power of divine grace
February 28, 2019
Last week a California state senator introduced a bill to remove the penitential exemption from mandatory reporting of sexual abuse, in what amounts to an attack on the seal of confession. Jerry Hill, who represents a Bay Area district from southern San Francisco to the outskirts of San Jose, is proud of his bill, touting
February 28, 2019
I’ve been both blessed and cursed by a congenital restlessness that hasn’t always made my life easy. I remember as a boy restlessly wandering the house, the yard and then the open pastures of my family’s farm on the prairies. Our family was close, my life was protected and secure, and I was raised in
February 28, 2019
The news that the second Earl of Snowdon, the son of Princess Margaret, is looking to commission a new biography of his mother, one that will correct her portrayal in The Crown TV series and give a more rounded picture of her, is a reminder that royal women have long had to contend with those
February 28, 2019
Cornelius Jansen (1585-1638) was born in Gelderland in the Netherlands. In 1602 he began studies at Louvain, which was divided between the more morally rigorous Augustinians and the casuistic Jesuits. There, he befriended Jean du Vergier de Hauranne, better known to history as the Abbé de Saint-Cyran. They duly rose up the ecclesiastical ladder –
February 28, 2019
Cryptic across 5 Egyptian on times’s first drink leads to a new, doddery nadir (11) 7 The soul of holy crusaders, evident in battle here (4) 8 Geordie’s reportedly gone environmental: it’s infectious (8) 9 Commercial opening for the December programme (6) 10 With Avon, one of the 11 after Branagh’s final two characters are
February 28, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week IV Sunday, March 3: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sir 27:4-7; Ps 92; 1 Cor 15:54-58; Lk 6:39-45 Monday, March 4: Weekday in Ordinary Time, St Casimir Sir 17:20-24; Ps 32; Mk 10:17-27 Tuesday, March 5: Weekday in Ordinary Time Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50; Mk 10:28-31 Wednesday, March 6: Ash
February 28, 2019
On Wednesday Lent begins, and with it the call to three ancient spiritual disciplines: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are three ways to remit the temporal punishment due to sin, and are also good for us. As Sister Tamsin Mary Geach has written, “Fasting addresses our bodily passions, almsgiving addresses the tendency to put money
February 28, 2019
Fine words butter no parsnips. Nor indeed can jargon take the place of an attempt to serve a better quality of vegetable. At the risk of seeming excessively negative, this about sums up my views on the recently concluded Vatican summit on the abuse of minors. It is good to hear promises of zero tolerance
February 28, 2019
“We are in a fight for our lives.” This was part of the message ancient converts received as they approached their reception into the Church. The sober tone and images of the traditional pre-Lent Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and this Sunday Quinquagesima) compelled prospective catechumens to ask, “What am I getting into?” We are in a
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