SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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March 26, 2020
Roy Peachey
Over the next few weeks, and very possibly months, we will have to get used to a new way of living. So how do we adjust to a Church without public Masses? How can we help the most vulnerable? And might there be opportunities to live better lives than we did before? This week, six
March 19, 2020
Bishop Philip Egan
Over the past decades, a religious revolution has taken place almost akin in its significance to the Reformation. The British have been quietly dropping their Christian faith, practices and church connections. A new secular culture, atheist and indifferentist, has been embedding itself. In the past when you asked someone their religion, they were likely to
March 12, 2020
David Keys
The princess St Eanswythe, who died around 660, came from one of the most important families in Anglo-Saxon England. She was the granddaughter of St Ethelbert and his wife St Bertha, the king and queen who – along with St Augustine, the first de facto Archbishop of Canterbury – had been largely responsible for starting
March 05, 2020
David Paton
Fr Joseph Huu is the perfect illustration of the Church in action. Working within an area of Vietnam completely quarantined off due to worries over the coronavirus, he is coordinating health services and pastoral care in the area, taking supplies and advice to villages throughout the area. Just as importantly, he is arranging for Eucharistic
February 27, 2020
Amy Welborn
In recent years, fasting has made something of a comeback. Nine years ago, the Bishops of England and Wales asked Catholics to once again return to Friday abstinence from meat. Programs like the rigorous Exodus 90 emphasize fasting as a spiritual discipline. Perhaps the pendulum of history is swinging back, as it tends to do.
February 20, 2020
Jack Scarisbrick
Four hundred and fifty years ago, on February 25, 1570, Pope St Pius V issued the bull Regnans in Excelsis excommunicating Elizabeth I, Queen of England. He did not mince his words. Since “He who reigns on high” (Regnans in Excelsis) had appointed Peter and hence every successor “ruler of all peoples and kingdoms”, Pius
February 13, 2020
Ben Conroy
Ireland has just voted in a new Dáil, and it’s one that represents a well and truly post-Catholic Ireland. If the recent same-sex marriage and abortion referendums were in part about rejecting Ireland’s Catholic past, the general election of 2020 felt like the one in which the Church and Catholicism were mostly beside the point.
January 23, 2020
The Catholic Herald
What can the Church do to better serve the indigenous peoples of Amazonia? And what can she learn from Amazonian spirituality? These questions have been much discussed in light of last year’s Amazon synod, but often with little understanding of the spiritual concerns of the people in question. Enthusiasts for the synod see it as
January 16, 2020
John Pontifex
When Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq’s Christians had good reason to be afraid. Although they were not implicated in the political fall-out which followed, they quickly began to realise that, were the security situation to remain destabilised, it could have fatal consequences for the survival of
January 09, 2020
Christopher Altieri
When Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle takes the reins at the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples this month, he will face a host of challenges. Some of them will be local, but they will all be global in scope. It will be a difficult undertaking and he will be on a steep learning curve. Propaganda
January 02, 2020
Luke Coppen
What will happen to the Church in the coming decade? Only God knows, but it’s still worth considering what may lie ahead in the 2020s. Here are 10 things that might happen in the next 10 years – some more likely than others. Demographic change If current trends continue, the Church will grow by roughly
December 19, 2019
Gabrielle Donnelly
In a variety of rooms, gardens and religious and historical sites in and around Rome, two elderly men walk, talk, dispute and, eventually, unexpectedly, find common ground. As films go, it doesn’t exactly sound like blockbuster material. In fact, the director’s own son has described it, teasingly, as “two old men sitting and talking about