SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
Howard County has prohibited the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the celebration of the Mass.
May 27, 2020
De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother who served among the Tuareg people in the Sahara desert in Algeria.
May 27, 2020
After photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water gun went viral online, several priests cautioned that Catholics should take care to treat sacred objects and rites with a proper sense of reverence.
May 27, 2020
Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr Michael McGivney, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.
May 27, 2020
In the first of a series of interviews with leading minds, the philosopher Fr Thomas White OP discusses apologetics, the coronavirus and the need for deeper conversations. Fr Thomas Joseph White OP seems tired. When I Skype-call his office in the Pontifical University of the Angelicum in Rome, I ask how he is finding the
May 27, 2020
I trod an unconventional path to the Christian faith, via a left-wing secular home, a northern comprehensive education, and a few years working in London media absorbing the cynicism of newspaper journalism. By rights I should now be a thoroughly sceptical liberal atheist. I held beliefs typical of my generation: Christians are deeply unfashionable at
May 27, 2020
It’s a time for long books. I’m halfway through War and Peace. Hilary Mantel’s latest is next, an act of literary devotion which requires that I put aside her anti-Catholic polemicising. No such doubt attaches to the third and final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Lady Thatcher. The prose glitters with the author’s diffident
May 27, 2020
A Catholic neighbour in our village called on me recently (keeping the appropriate distance, naturally.) She has published a slim memoir of her childhood in an Edinburgh tenement, remarking to me drily, “Now is not a good time for a book launch.” Having enjoyed blogging about Valerie Murray’s Flight from the Brothers Grimm, reminiscences of
May 27, 2020
“People need to feel safe in their communities and have trust in law enforcement, who should exercise their power in a spirit of service,” the bishops said.
May 27, 2020
The Tennessee priest in a now-viral photograph that seemed to depict a baptism by water gun has told parishioners that the photo was staged, and was meant to be funny.
May 27, 2020
A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labour in the 1980s for taking Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan died this month at the age of 98.
May 27, 2020
The work includes a liturgical section with suggestions for how a blessing of same-sex unions might be 'celebrated' in Catholic churches
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