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December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
Having mentioned an interview between the late Sir Jonathan Miller and Norman Lebrecht in a recent blog on Advent, I am now thinking of another cultural giant who has recently died: Clive James. A friend has drawn my attention to an interview first broadcast in 2001 between James and the novelist Piers Paul Read in
December 17, 2019
An outspoken former chaplain to the Queen is to convert to Catholicism on the Fourth Sunday of Advent this year. Gavin Ashenden resigned his chaplaincy in 2017 after criticising a service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow which included a reading from the Koran denying Christ’s divinity. He left the Church of England that
December 17, 2019
Around this time I am trying to decide which books I have read during the year that still reverberate in my memory in a special way. It is always hard to choose between so many fine publications, but here goes: The 21: A Journey in the Land of Coptic Martyrs by Martin Mosebach (Plough Publishing).
December 17, 2019
We are all interested in lives of the saints – those extraordinary men and women who show the rest of us what it really means (and costs) to follow Christ all the way. I thought of them as I read and wrote about the newly canonised St John Henry Newman. This scholarly Englishman, whose collected
December 17, 2019
A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a grave sin, a Dutch cardinal told CNA this week. For the same reason, a priest cannot be present when voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide is performed. This might imply that the priest has no problems
December 17, 2019
Having mentioned an interview between the late Sir Jonathan Miller and Norman Lebrecht in a recent blog on Advent, I am now thinking of another cultural giant who has recently died: Clive James. A friend has drawn my attention to an interview first broadcast in 2001 between James and the novelist Piers Paul Read in
December 17, 2019
Pope Francis has accepted Archbishop Luigi Ventura’s resignation as apostolic nuncio to France. Ventura was accused of sexual assault earlier this year. The Vatican revoked Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July, paving the way for a possible trial. Ventura turned 75 on December 9, the mandatory age at which bishops submit their resignation to the pope.
December 17, 2019
Pope Francis has declared that the pontifical secret will no longer apply in cases of accusations and trials involving abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, and in cases of possession of child pornography by clerics. With the instruction published on December 17, “On the Confidentiality of Legal Proceedings,” Pope Francis intends “to cancel in these
December 17, 2019
The neighborhoods which dot the Potomac River are brightly lit now. Christmas lights seem to appear steadily throughout the weeks of Advent. How they appear is mostly hidden from view. Some homes are almost impossibly illuminated, replete with inflatable snowmen, minions, or, more tastefully, nutcrackers. Many surely light up their homes as a kind of
December 17, 2019
An outspoken former chaplain to the Queen is to convert to Catholicism on the Fourth Sunday of Advent this year. Gavin Ashenden resigned his chaplaincy in 2017 after criticising a service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow which included a reading from the Koran denying Christ’s divinity. He left the Church of England that
December 17, 2019
Over two years ago, I published a CH article about trying – and roundly failing – to verify G. K. Chesterton’s famous answer to the question “What’s Wrong with the World?”: Dear sir,  I am.  Yours, GK Chesterton As the story normally goes, this was his answer to a request from The Times for essays
December 17, 2019
Around this time I am trying to decide which books I have read during the year that still reverberate in my memory in a special way. It is always hard to choose between so many fine publications, but here goes: The 21: A Journey in the Land of Coptic Martyrs by Martin Mosebach (Plough Publishing).
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