SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
Pope Francis has entrusted the Office of Papal Charities with 30 ventilators to be distributed to 30 hospitals in need, the Vatican has announced
March 26, 2020
Several diocesanpolicies have raised questions about canonical legitimacy
March 26, 2020
There will be no time limit in cases of severe fetal impairment and fatal fetal abnormalities
March 26, 2020
Comment & Features Making the most of isolation: How to find spiritual purpose – and structure – Fr Matthew Pittam How to find a hobby you love – Charlotte Runcie Works of Mercy in an age of social distancing – Eve Tushnet Family life is hard – so lower your expectations – Sofía Abasolo How
March 26, 2020
In 1636 much of London was in lockdown. Individuals with bubonic plague were sent to the “pesthouse” or locked in their homes with their families. Whole streets were quarantined. Bonfires were lit everywhere, in the hope of “purging” the air. Thousands fled the city, making an economic crisis even worse. At this moment, the Jesuits
March 26, 2020
Governing the Church is never easy. It is especially difficult when everyone is looking to Rome and to the Pope for guidance he isn’t necessarily in a position to give. What the Pontiff can offer is leadership, and on that count he appears to be opting to lead by example. There will be plenty of
March 26, 2020
On Friday March 20, many Catholics in England and Wales attended the final public Mass for some time. (Pictured: Catholics after the last Mass at Westminster Cathedral.) Numbers were certainly larger than the average weekday Mass – but worshippers, mindful of the need for “social distancing”, will have been keeping the requisite six feet from
March 26, 2020
By the end of last week, every diocese in the United States had cancelled public liturgies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Along with the disruption to the Church’s fundamental work of providing the sacraments, every other area in which Catholic institutions are involved, from healthcare to education, has been disrupted, with students returning home
March 26, 2020
As we went to press, details of the coronavirus stimulus package had not yet been hammered out, though the House and Senate appeared to be approaching a deal. We were likely to get something, and it’s fair to assume that something was going to be quite large. But after two weeks of lobbying and horse-trading
March 26, 2020
Never have the cultural differences between China and the West been so obvious to me as in the response to coronavirus. To understand the Chinese reaction, you have to grasp that its culture is grounded in the thought of Confucius. The emphasis he placed on the proper ordering of relationships – on harmony, loyalty and
March 26, 2020
Last December the Vatican wrote to Church leaders in South Sudan informing them that it had accepted the retirement of Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro as the head of Juba archdiocese and appointed Bishop Stephen Ameyu Mulla of Torit as his successor. In normal circumstances the local Catholic community would welcome the news and arrange a
March 26, 2020
According to my calculations, this is the 817th issue of the Catholic Herald that I’ve edited. It is also the last. After almost 16 years as editor, I’m passing my swivel chair to the talented Dan Hitchens. I’ve often wondered what this moment would be like. I had expected it to come much sooner. When