SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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June 25, 2022
Thomas Colsy
The Catholic Faith closely reflects a Gothic cathedral; it’s not a simple thing. And, in the same vein a great cathedral is built, none of this happened overnight.
June 21, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Simon Caldwell reflects on the West's ineptitude to recognise and deal with genuine crises
June 13, 2022
Michael J. La Civita
Until the Russian military escalated its buildup along the Ukrainian frontier earlier this year, the relationship between the Polish and Ukrainian states since the collapse of the Soviet Union had been marked by periods of cooperation punctuated with occasional disputes. These disparities seemed to be gathering steam as of late as both countries have struggled
If faith, as the nuns said, was the substance of things hoped for, then lace was the outline—the suggestion—of things not seen. —Iris Anthony, The Ruins of Lace (2012) From time to time it seems as though Pope Francis can’t resist the urge to tell priests off in his speeches; he’s not afraid to employ mockery and sarcasm,
June 10, 2022
Staff Reporter
Despite insistences from officials that it represents no such thing, the Government of Poland is currently facing a tremendous backlash against what critics are calling a “pregnancy register” which requires doctors to record every pregnancy within the country. Doctors must now record information, including past or current illnesses, medical visits, treatments and blood type. For
May 26, 2022
Dualta Roughneen
The first paragraph of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade states:  Abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply-conflicting views.   Replace America with Ireland, and the same has been the case for over 40 years, until recently. As of the past few years, the issue of abortion
May 24, 2022
David Albert Jones
In 1973 in the Roe v Wade case, the Supreme Court legalised abortion throughout the United States.  Now, almost fifty years later the same court is considering overturning that judgement and returning abortion law to the states to decide.   Media reporting of this case, especially in Europe, has been quite misleading. Often journalists have simply repeated
May 18, 2022
Damian Collins
Once gone, St Benet’s Hall will be impossible to replace, writes alumnus Damian Collins MP Like all current and former students of St Benet’s Hall I was distressed to read the statement from the Master this week that the Hall may no longer hold a licence from the University of Oxford beyond the current academic
May 11, 2022
Dualta Roughneen
Attacking the reputation of a Catholic saint, no longer alive to defend herself (although it’s unlikely she would bother in any case), is a popular sport. Christopher Hitchens set the tone in 1995 with his book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and since then it has been open house on one of the Catholic
May 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
SINCE Simon James Green, the homosexual author of ‘teen fiction’, was prevented from promoting his latest book at a Catholic secondary school, he has been depicted as a victim, a tragic and misunderstood defender of the rights of LGBT+ children. Green likes to present himself in this way. It is how he sees himself. In a recent
May 06, 2022
Laura Perrins
Well, we knew it would get ugly but the left in America have gone full mafia tactics with the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade. Never in the history of the court has a draft opinion been leaked. This smashes the constitutional norms of the court and the
April 26, 2022
Mark Jenkins
For Patriarch Kirill nuclear weapons are necessary for salvation, explains Mark Jenkins Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, is a practising Russian Orthodox believer who often accompanies President Putin on visits to Orthodox monasteries in remote areas across the Russian Federation. At the entrance to Moscow’s Red Square the small Iveron Chapel is said to
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