SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
March 04, 2019
March 04, 2019
The Vatican will open the secret archives on Pope Pius XII, Pope Francis has announced. Pope Pius led the Church through the Second World War, but has faced criticism for not speaking out more forcefully against the Nazis. Supporters say Pius worked behind the scenes to save Jews, and that ending the Holy See’s neutrality
March 04, 2019
A man who claims he was molested by George Pell in a swimming pool in the 1970s is filing a lawsuit against the cardinal. The man, who was one of four complainants to give evidence against Pell in the now-dismissed second trial, alleges that the cardinal and a nun assaulted him while he was resident
March 04, 2019
A leading South American theologian has said October’s Amazon Synod will discuss replacing bread used in the consecration of the Eucharist with yuca, a shrub native to the region. Jesuit Fr Francisco Taborda said traditional bread usually used in the Mass often turns to mush in the extreme humidity of the Amazon, meaning “it’s not
March 04, 2019
Today’s readings take speech very seriously. They assume that there is a correspondence or that there ought to be a correspondence between what the mouth speaks and what’s in the heart. I noted yesterday that speech, even in some ancient versions of the Book of Sirach, is one of the things that makes us like
March 04, 2019
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Or, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholics throughout the English-speaking world will hear one of these two blessings as a priest applies ashes to their forehead in the sign of the cross. But where exactly do the black or
March 04, 2019
In a visit to a Roman parish on Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to stop gossiping and ruminating on the shortcomings of other people, and to instead focus on repenting of their own sins. “The Lord wants to teach us not to go criticizing others, not to look at the defects of others: look first
March 04, 2019
A good person “draws good from his heart and from his mouth”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). The Pope has sent a video message welcoming the opening of a new health centre in the Central African Republic. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has said that a “diaconate for women would be possible”.
March 04, 2019
I have just been re-reading Turmoil and Truth: The Historical Roots of the Modern Crisis in the Catholic Church by Philip Trower, which I reviewed for the Herald in 2003 when it was first published (paperback are available on Amazon). It still bears reading today as we are still living in the aftermath of Vatican
Donate
Please Donate

Having been unable to sell in churches for well over a year due to the pandemic, we are now inviting readers to support the Herald by investing in our future. We have been a bold and influential voice in the church since 1888, standing up for traditional Catholic culture and values.

Please join us on our 130 year mission by supporting us. We are raising £250,000 to safeguard the Herald as a world-leading voice in Catholic journalism and teaching. For more information from our chairman on contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund, click here

Make a Donation

Donors giving £500 or more will automatically become sponsor patrons of the Herald. This includes two complimentary print/digital gift subscriptions, invitations to Patron events, pilgrimages and dinners, and 6 gift subscriptions sent to priests, seminaries, Catholic schools, religious care homes and prison and university chaplaincies. Click here for more information on becoming a Patron Sponsor. Click here for more information about contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund