SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
December 11, 2019
December 11, 2019
Father Paul Stenhouse MSC, who died in Sydney on November 19 at the age of 83, was the doyen of Australian Catholic editors. His reputation, in Australia and more widely, stemmed in part from the extraordinary length of his editorship of a Catholic monthly, Annals Australasia – a period of 51 years – but more
December 11, 2019
St John Henry Newman did not temper Christianity to suit his readers’ delicate sensibilities. I was reminded of this when reading a recent Herald article by Michael Pakaluk, “Advent is a time to think about Christ’s Judgement”, which is a reflection on Newman’s own Advent sermon: “Worship, A Preparation of Christ’s Coming.” Pakaluk reminds us
December 11, 2019
Whether there is still such a thing as “the Catholic vote” in UK elections is a moot point – no parties seem particularly keen to chase it, even if there is. Nevertheless, there are certainly millions of Catholic voters. Overall, self-identified Catholics add up to around 8 or 9 per cent of the population, though
December 11, 2019
Every voter and politician must resist attacks on the right to life, and Catholic politicians must do so as both a human rights matter and as a “fundamental matter of our faith,” Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have said ahead of the December 12 UK general election. “We have consistently said that the equal right to
December 11, 2019
A violent attack at “Mary’s Shrine” in Washington D.C. on Tuesday shook the community and prompted prayer and solidarity among staff and regular attendees. “It was evil, it was tragic—it could have been worse,” Monsignor Vito Buonanno, associate rector and director of pilgrimages of the Shrine, told CNA. “It’s happened before in other places—people have
December 11, 2019
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria is inviting the faithful to pray a novena beginning December 12 to “petition God unceasingly” that Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s sainthood cause may move forward. Sheen, a beloved American evangelist and television personality who died in 1979, was set to be beatified on December 21 in Peoria, but the Holy See
December 11, 2019
The Italian businessman responsible for investing millions of Vatican funds owned a stake in an online options trading company fined in 2016 by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors. Raffaele Mincione, through whom the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in donations from the faithful, bought in 2015
December 11, 2019
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has urged Asian bishops’ conferences to “get our young people and women involved” (Edward Pentin). Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has said he would “hold the hand” of someone dying by assisted suicide. Rome’s Congolese community has asked the Pope to canonise two martyrs. The Franciscan University of Steubenville has entered a partnership
December 11, 2019
Father Paul Stenhouse MSC, who died in Sydney on November 19 at the age of 83, was the doyen of Australian Catholic editors. His reputation, in Australia and more widely, stemmed in part from the extraordinary length of his editorship of a Catholic monthly, Annals Australasia – a period of 51 years – but more
December 11, 2019
St John Henry Newman did not temper Christianity to suit his readers’ delicate sensibilities. I was reminded of this when reading a recent Herald article by Michael Pakaluk, “Advent is a time to think about Christ’s Judgement”, which is a reflection on Newman’s own Advent sermon: “Worship, A Preparation of Christ’s Coming.” Pakaluk reminds us