SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
A year ago, there appeared in the National Catholic Reporter an account of a Catholic men’s gathering at Cape Cod, which the periodical said offered “glimpses of a future church”. Blazing the path to this church of the future were the author, Bill Mitchell, and his buddies – “nine guys ranging in age from 57
May 23, 2019
These are the first days of spring in New England, when you begin to understand why Robert Frost said “nature’s first green is gold”. Three pigs turn on rotisseries made of brick and mortar. The men, decked in flannel shirts and waistcoats, sing folk-songs about Thérèse of Lisieux. Young women in light dresses string garlands
May 23, 2019
Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a new policy last week banning sports games and practices on Sundays in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The order came in response to parents who objected to having to “split” the family between multiple games and practices on the same day, who found themselves squeezing Mass in between
May 23, 2019
A women’s strike led by a dissident Catholic group has sparked actions across Germany. The Maria 2.0 group, which uses an image of the Blessed Virgin silenced by a sticking plaster across her mouth (pictured), called for a week-long boycott of Church activities including Mass. Although participation has been patchy, there has been extensive press
May 23, 2019
South Africa’s 2019 general election was in many ways unsurprising. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won a majority, albeit the smallest yet at 57 per cent, with Cyril Ramaphosa likely to be sworn in as president in the coming days. However, the most significant result of this election is yet to come: is Ramaphosa
May 23, 2019
During the years that I served as a religious superior for a province of oblate priests and brothers in Western Canada, I tried to keep my foot inside the academic world by doing some adjunct teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. It was always a once-a-week night course, advertised as a primer on Christian theology,
May 23, 2019
For more than a century the liturgy in Westminster Cathedral has given inspiration and joy to hundreds of thousands of worshippers from all over the world. At its centre is the Cathedral Choir, one of the finest in existence. It was started in 1902 by the Cathedral’s founder, Cardinal Vaughan, who wanted the liturgy to
May 23, 2019
John Wesley (1703-1791) was a cleric of the Church of England who unintentionally founded his own denomination. Born to the Rev Samuel Wesley and his wife, Susanna, at the rectory in Epworth, John grew up in a large and in some ways peculiar household. Although his parents had been raised as Puritans, they had converted
May 23, 2019
Cryptic across 5 Defeated by David, is Zerah dead? (9) 8 ‘God zone’ is marginalized by Americans (4) 9 Native American, a popular author, unfortunately Ike is replaced by a detective as leader (8) 10 He’s cruel if roused! (7) 12 For Joppa, is the future orange? (5) 14 Return of detergent’s acceptable to priest
May 23, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, May 26: The Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29 Monday, May 27: St Augustine of Canterbury (England) or Weekday of Easter (Wales, United States) Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149; Jn 15:26–16:4A Tuesday, May 28: Weekday of Easter Acts 16:22-34; Ps 138;
May 23, 2019
There have only been 100 serving Swiss Guards at any one time since their numbers were fixed in 1979. So competition to join this ancient and elite military corps (and possibly the smallest army in the world) is understandably fierce. New recruits are drawn solely from unmarried practising Catholic males of Swiss citizenship, aged between
May 23, 2019
I do love the Book of Revelation, which figures large in our Eastertide liturgy. CS Lewis cautions that an allegory does not have to be decoded to discover what the author “means”. There may be rich allegorical significance to lamp stands, scrolls and horned beasts, but one does not have to decipher every allegorical detail
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