SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020
Last year I wrote about the Collect for the Novus Ordo’s 16th Ordinary Sunday. But this time I have a little more room and, after all, repetita iuvant. Our prayer has an antecedent in a 9th century manuscript, the Sacramentarium Bergomense. Hence, this oration probably has its roots in the forerunners of the Ambrosian Rite of Milan:
July 17, 2020
Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, former prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, died aged 80
July 17, 2020
On Easter Sunday in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, three innocent women were burned and tortured while local Catholics were at Mass
July 17, 2020
St Mary’s school in Shaftesbury has closed permanently with immediate effect
July 17, 2020
The recent series of attacks on church buildings and property continues
July 17, 2020
A total of 6,666 abortions were performed in Ireland in the first year following the repeal of the country’s pro-life Eighth Amendment
July 17, 2020
Britons were perhaps surprisingly under-represented in the crowd that thronged St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman last October. Yet among the sea of Brazilian and Indian flags that occupied the foremost section of the congregation a solitary St George’s Cross stood out as it waved and fluttered from an extendable
July 17, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic has imposed an unprecedented stress test on all our institutions – and US Catholic schools have been hit especially hard. More than a hundred have said that they will close by the start of the next school year because of the financial toll of the pandemic, with many more closures expected
July 17, 2020
As someone who spent a career teaching RE at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, I always wanted to share fully the Church’s teaching and the Gospel with my pupils. Catholic schools made this possible for people like me because of their distinct character and duty. The economic and political constraints on Catholic education
July 17, 2020
The Colour of the Sky After Rain By Tessa Keswick Head of Zeus, £30 For most of my life I had no interest in China. It wasn’t corona that got me interested – it was seeing Chinese mansions spring up in Jamaica, or driving into the Ethiopian bush on Chinese-built highways (they need the fertile
July 17, 2020
The curious travels of Marian shrines We are truly privileged to have so many and such evocative shrines to Our Lady in our country. The Reformation wrought havoc on Marian devotion, so that ancient statues such as Our Lady of Ipswich could end up at an Italian coastal resort (John Whitehead, Catholic Herald, June). May
July 17, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday of the Year Wisdom 12: 13 & 16-19; Romans 8: 26-27; Matthew 13: 24-43 “There is no god, other than You, who cares for everything…. You govern us with great lenience. By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people, how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men. You