SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020
Montano has been sentenced to more than 133 years in prison.
September 11, 2020
A senior Vatican official arrived in Belarus for talks on Friday after the leader of the country’s Catholic Church was barred from returning to his homeland
September 11, 2020
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday but is asymptomatic.
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It’s ironic to be writing a diary page when my actual paper diary – what the Americans more accurately call their “planner” – is a mass of crossings out, changes, and question marks und­er­lined next to many a “TBC”. I am a figure of fun in my family because of my somewhat extreme approach to
September 11, 2020
Rome in August is always slow. Under the mid-August ferragosto holiday – the remote origins of which reach into Pagan antiquity – the city until very recently would become a ghost town. I recall one year – probably 2014, when Pope Francis went to South Korea for five days in August so we were all
September 11, 2020
Mesco dux Polonie baptizatur, (“Mieszko, the Prince of Poland, is baptised”) was the rather laconic phrase that hailed Poland’s adoption of Christianity in 966, the most crucial moment in Polish history. For, as it would subsequently turn out, there is perhaps no other country whose survival has been so bound up with the actions of
September 11, 2020
According to official statistics, nine in ten Poles are Catholic. But what does that mean in practice? I put that question to a group of other young Catholics in Kraków, the city where we live, and a long and heated discussion emerged. We all agreed that our faith has been greatly influenced by living in
September 11, 2020
In mid-20th-century American art, Mark Rothko’s work is the best-known example of abstract expressionism. Famous for his featureless clouds of colour, his rejection of form and his belief that abstract images can – in his friend Adolph Gottlieb’s words – “simply express complex thoughts”, Rothko is often assumed to be an individualist who broke with
September 11, 2020
Communion and Covid-19 With regard to the question of Communion reception, government regulations merely suggest Communion in the hand; they do not mandate it. Section 2 of the official guidance defines the difference between should and must. Must: “Where the guidance states that an activity must take place this is because it is a requirement
September 11, 2020
Some definitions of faith are highly negative: “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence” is how Richard Dawkins describes it in The Selfish Gene. Needless to say, this definition is entirely his own and not from any Catholic theological source. What, then, is faith in a theological sense? In
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”I was baptised as an Anglican, then at school I became a ‘nothing’. “I had some interest in Carl Jung and humanism but essentially I left school without a sense of following any religious denomination, believing that all religions had an element of truth. I returned to Anglicanism largely as a result of reading the
September 11, 2020
About half a year after the Great Fast of Lent that prepares us for the Easter festivities there is another lesser-known Little Fast that punctuates the year. This time of penance and abstinence is traditionally undertaken by the Franciscans in imitation of St Francis of Assisi, who had begun the custom of fasting from the