SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The birth of the Christ child is an occasion to reflect on other babies and on life in the womb that precedes birth. The most dispiriting development recently in respect of prenatal human life is the European Parliament’s vote last month, directed mainly at Poland, but having far wider implications. Andrew Tettenborn examines its implications
November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
There is something perpetually moving about the Christmas story. It is the account of how God became man, and, with magnificent indifference to human preoccupations with status and accomplishments, became man in a discomfiting fashion. The girl who became his mother was unmarried, her pregnancy understandably a profound shock to the man she was betrothed
November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Christmas celebrations this year will, thank God, be very different from the last. Ordinary life has for the most part resumed in Britain; in some respects, churches lag behind other parts of society in returning to normal. Many parish churches still require masks, social distancing, taped-off pews and thus limit the size of congregations. Others
November 25, 2021
Rev Dr Richard J Ounsworth
How the four Masses of Christmas use different readings from the Gospels to tell the story of Christ’s coming
November 25, 2021
Stephen Bullivant
Stephen Bullivant examines how the pandemic has affected Mass-going in one anonymous diocese
November 25, 2021
William Cash
After 44 years, William Cash returns to this ancient island which for centuries was Christianity’s easternmost frontier
October 22, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Leaders A joyous conversion Catholic MP’s senseless killing must not be in vain Investigate offences to prevent future scandals Diary – Petronella Wyatt Columns Red Mass notebook – A Catholic judge hangs up his wig at the annual legal service at Westminster Cathedral – Sir Stephen Stewart Travelling Together? – As the two-year Synod on Synodality gets
October 22, 2021
Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny reviews Women in the War 
by Lucy Fisher,
 with a foreword by Baroness Boothroyd
October 22, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Where would you go? The Two Moors Way as I’ve always wanted to walk from Exmoor to Dartmoor, and would stop at the Poltimore Arms, high on Exmoor, a location of Du Maurier wildness and romance where anything can happen (and often does). Who would be your travelling companions? I would take Ziggy, my adorable
October 22, 2021
Mathew Lyons
Matthew Lyons reviews Evensong: People, Discoveries and Reflections on the Church in England
, by Richard Morris
October 22, 2021
Sam Leith
Sam Leith reviews The Young HG Wells: 
Changing The World, 
by Claire Tomalin
October 22, 2021
Michael White
Concerts are finally back after 18 months, with those institutions that took creative risks during the pandemic continuing to shine
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